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SulaFest 2020: India’s biggest Vineyard Music Festival cruising along
The recently concluded SulaFest has been a soulful but mixed bag of experiences, impressions and perceptions for Sheetal Kadam who has been visiting SulaFest for almost four years but second time as a Correspondent for delWine and feels that India’s biggest vineyard music festival hosted by Sula Vineyard is cruising along on a similar pattern every year but still giving new experience to the visitors
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Prowein 2020: Bubbles from Champagne and other Regions
Fine bubbles from Champagne have enjoyed reputation as the elite top tier of the global sparkling wine hierarchy. With sparkling wines representing the fastest growing wine category in the last 25 years, they have delivered complex flavors that justified their stratospheric prices at times, but with an existential threat because of climate change and the frugal hedonist attitude of millennials shaping the market, delicious alternatives have begun emerging from the glitzy shadow of their cousins-on display at Prowein from 15 to 17 March 2020
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Sicily: Determined Brave New forces of Innovations in Etna
New wines made from old grape varieties are emerging during the Renaissance in Sicily, and in particular Etna, by a new crop of enterprising investors who are ready to harness the profound truths and wisdom from the ‘old’ generation, writes our South African guest writer Yegas Naidoo who visited several established and nascent producers in Etna last month as a member of the press trip arranged by Vinitaly International Academy and Taormina Gourmet
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Festa Italiana 2019 sparkles with a Masterclass for Italics Wine Club
The 12th edition of Festa Italiana 2019 was celebrated in Mumbai recently with several activities organised by the Indo Italian Chamber of Commerce and Industries (IICCI) which also organised a Masterclass on Italian Sparkling wines on November 27 conducted by Luca Bernardini and Cavaliere Subhash Arora at the newly opened VIVITALIA, center for exhibits and other activities relating t in Urmi, Lower Parel. This was followed by the well-organised annual event with dinner on the lawns of Taj Lands End n Bandra on November 29
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SETTE- First Indian Super Tuscan celebrates 10 Years
Sette is a blend of Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon that took a few years to stabilise in the composition and proportion of grapes in the blend. Fratelli Vineyards has been celebrating 10 years of its maiden harvest since 2009 and the Italian Director from Tuscany, Alessio Secci is in India taking the 4 vintages available-2009, 2010, the ubiquitous 2015 and not-yet-bottled 2017 to various cities for a vertical tasting, writes Subhash Arora who was invited to the Tasting Dinner at Le Cirque, Mumbai on 23 November
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Business France: Tasting France at the French Embassy’
Business France organised an interesting wine tasting evening with Vignobles Boissonneau, Champagne Leopoldine, Chateau Franc Cardinal and Les Roques de Cana participating in the event with H.E. Emmanuel Lenain addressing the audience and mixing informally for a long time, writes Subhash Arora who loves such events at the embassies but is rather pessimist about their finding distributors with the present excise policy of the Delhi government, with the exception of perhaps Vignobles Boissonneau
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Global Warming: Times they Are- a- Changin’
Never before was the need to understand the impact of global warming so urgent as today and as the song by Bob Dylan suggests, ‘you better start swimming or you will sink like a stone’ but winemakers are putting their minds to solve the problem by going to cooler areas, canopy management and using different strains of yeast, with a very interesting experiment being conducted by New Zealand to make a low alcohol Sauvignon Blanc successfully, writes Subhash Arora
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IWA 2019: Think Amarone, Drink Ripasso in India
Results of the recent India Wine Awards threw up a few surprises but not for the two of my favourite wines from my Valpolicella, Zenato Ripassa Valpolicella Ripasso DOC Superiore 2015 and Tedeschi Capitel San Rocco Valpolicella Ripasso from two iconic Amarone producers that won the Best in Show Trophies, giving credence to my long professed suggestion that in India we should think Amarone but drink Ripasso, the Baby Amarone- an excellent, younger, similar value-for-money wine, persists Subhash Arora
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Glittering India Wine Awards Night 2019 Impressive in 3rd Edition
The 3rd edition of the India Wine Awards held at The Leela Mumbai was held with great aplomb, in which the Results of Silver , Gold and Diamond winners were announced out of the 320 Indian and foreign wines available in Mumbai with 56 vying for the food and wine category as well, writes Sheetal Kadam who attended the ceremony on behalf of delWine, with inputs from Subhash Arora who was a judge for the 3rd year
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Prowein Education Campaign in Mumbai Lauded by Full House
The second edition of the 3-day Prowein Education Campaign organized by Messe Düsseldorf India on September 18-20 in association with WSET in India, for the second time in Mumbai was a huge success from what one gathered at the over-flowing house and the keen attention paid to different speakers, writes Sheetal Kadam representing delWine and who was pleased with the international styled setting and tastings of several wines
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The Taste that beats the others Cold
The Taste’ department stores in Defence Colony, New Delhi has been selling wine and beer for around 5 years, without a hint of selling wines but as you enter the store and walk towards the back, you see several bottles with different labels stored vertically and the pleasant face of Jimmy Wadhawan, the beard-sporting partner who has popularised wines enough to be nominated as the Best Retail Store of Delhi NCR at the delWine Excellence Awards, at Pullman in April 21. Subhash Arora had a long chat with him regarding Retail and the challenges and opportunities ahead
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New Grapes to be added to Bordeaux Repertoire
Aware of the global warming and the need to add grape varieties that can mitigate the impact of climate change without diluting the identity of Bordeaux wines, the producers have selected 7 new varieties from outside the region and expect them to be allowed up to 10% in a blend by 2021, but Loic Pasquet of Liber Pater in Graves , an ardent follower of Terroir is devastated with the choice of new grapes, writes Subhash Arora
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Big Banyan Winery Operational with Tourism in Bangalore
Big Banyan winery, owned by John Distilleries, which started making wines from bought out grapes from Maharashtra in Goa in 2006 has now constructed its own winery near the Big Banyan tree in Bangalore and the basic operations have started with wine tourism facilities thrown open to the public in a small way, writes Subhash Arora who was privileged to visit the winery last month before it was opened officially on June 29 in the presence of travel and wine bloggers
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Grover Zampa: Wine Revolution Fermenting at pioneer Wine Maker- Part 2
With the change of guard at Grover Zampa (GZV) after Ravi Viswanathan taking charge as Chairman and assisted by his CEO Vivek Chandramohan, innovation, creativity, modern equipment, sharp focus on quality and making it the first multi-brand wine company in India are the buzz words at GZV where a wine revolution is fermenting , writes Subhash Arora who visited the Bangalore winery in Nandi Hills earlier this month and shared his vision and strategy
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Grover Zampa: Wine Revolution Fermenting at Pioneer Wine Maker- Part 1
With change of guard at Grover Zampa (GZV)(as Ravi Viswanathan, the big, astute investor in the Indian wine industry and Chairman of GZV, thanks to majority shareholding of his PE company Visvires in Singapore, he has taken charge assisted by his CEO Vivek Chandramohan, with innovation, creativity, modern equipment and sharp focus on quality and making it the first multi-brand wine company in India, is nothing short of a revolution in the offing, writes Subhash Arora who visited the Bangalore winery in Nandi Hills this month to meet and share his ideology and strategy
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