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Chandon heading for Premiumisation with higher Prices
After the 7-year itch, the 7-starred Chandon has decided on an image makeover with the launch of Chandon Brut and Chandon Rose in Mumbai next month at Rs. 2500 each, as a part of the global strategy to premiumise the bubbly produced in 6 countries including India, writes Subhash Arora who feels that though the price is almost Rs. 1000 higher than the existing labels and a challenge to withstand the Covid heat, Moet Hennessy hopes to capitalize on its brand image and the marketing prowess
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Dia Wine Sparkler- India’s First WIC turns One
Launched at SulaFest 2020 where young millennials could be seen drinking the Dia Red and Dia White Wine Sparklers in a Can (WIC), the low cost, low alcohol Frizzante was another first from Sula Vineyards known for its pioneering status in many segments of the Indian wine industry, especially in introducing varietals, wine tourism, screwcaps and sustainability. It has paved way for other producers to introduce WIC, writes Subhash Arora who feels it has opened a new uncharted territory that will help expand the wine market
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Caballo Loco Grand Cru- Like Father Like Sons
Caballo Loco by Valdivieso Winery in Chile, is their top-ended wine, made by Solera system used in making Sherry and has established itself as one of the favourite wines for Indian wine connoisseurs. But the four Caballo Loco Grand Cru variants from vineyards in Limari, Maipo, Apalta and Sagrada Familia, using same grapes as in Caballo Loco but in specified vintages offering different flavours and costing almost 60%, are ‘Like Father-Like Sons’ and have a great potential in India, feels Subhash Arora who is impressed with all four but warns that the present excise policies are a hurdle
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SEKT- German Four-Letter Word for Sparkling Wines
While the world is drinking Champagne, Cava and Prosecco bubblies, Germany is the biggest consumer of sparkling wines with over 400 million bottles flying off their shelves annually, is the fourth largest producer of the ubiquitous bubbly known as Sekt and the prestigious association VDP has only recently evolved standards through VDP.SEKT.STATUT that would soon be available in the market for high quality Sekts, writes Subhash Arora who has visited several Sektkellerei and believes they can compete with the best of champagnes and are unique with Riesling varietal
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WineFuture 2021: A Virtual Zoom Conference on 23-25 February 2021
After a successful first edition of WineFuture in Rioja in 2009 and following up with another historical edition in Hong Kong 2011, Pancho Campo, President of Chrand Marketing and Events is planning the Virtual Zoom edition on 23-25 February, 2021 with wine star-studded cast of Speakers, writes Subhash Arora who was invited to the Hong Kong edition and was overawed by the quality of Speakers, Tasting and his organisational skills
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Caballo Loco 17: Crazy Horse from Chile for Wine Connoisseurs
The Chilean super premier wine Caballo Loco 17 is a unique wine as it is made by Solera method but primarily with Bordeaux grapes and at the Retail Price of Rs. 8000-10,500, it is an excellent food wine for connoisseurs, writes Subhash Arora who has seen its evolution in India for 15 years and had an occasion to taste the wine recently
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Grange- Grand Wine King of Australia
Shiraz is the ubiquitous grape of Australia with four out of five producers growing it, but not many Aussie reds come close to Penfolds Grange, the Grand Wine King which commanded a record price of Rs. 54,00,000 in an auction last month, writes Subhash Arora featuring the wine for the inaugural Shiraz Day celebrated in Australia yesterday, explaining why the price of such collectibles keep on shooting up
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Avaline: Wine using Organic Grapes by Celebrity Cameron Diaz
There has been a spate of Hollywood celebrities entering wine business because of their wine passion but Cameron Diaz, the well-known Hollywood actor and author has gone a step further and launched on July 9 ‘Avaline’ label of white and rose variants with her friend and partner Katherine Power after spending a couple of years educating themselves and introducing healthier and cleaner wines from organic grapes, writes Subhash Arora who feels the time is ripe for some Indian female super-stars to be inspired and change the wine canvas in India
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Codorníu Cava for all Seasons and Reasons from VBev
Codorníu Classico Brut is a sparkling DO Cava produced since 1872 using the 3 local Spanish grapes in Sant Sadurni by Codorníu Raventós, the oldest business house in Spain and made using the traditional method of making champagne, and being an ideal mate with even Indian snacks and foods it offers an attractive proposition from the Mumbai-based importer VBev, writes Subhash Arora who recommends it with snack- foods like pizzas, samosas, dosas and burgers and most vegetarian dishes and also suggest wine lovers visit the iconic, historical winery near Barcelona post-Covid
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Cali Red: Snoop Dogg to join 19 Crimes Family of Australia
The well-known rapper Snoop Dogg has entered into a long partnership with 19 Crimes, the first winery in the world that has the labels of criminals shipped to Australia and who talk to you through an App and introduce themselves, making it an interesting conversation piece, and is soon to release a reasonably priced Snoop Cali Red wine, writes Subhash Arora who believes the wine will have good scope in India for his followers, especially as it is affordable
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Prosecco DOCG reaches highest Sale of 92 Million Bottles in 2019
Prosecco DOCG, the classic Prosecco from Le Colline del Prosecco di Conegliano e Valdobbiadene-the Prosecco Hills in North-eastern Italy sold a record number of 92 million bottles in 2019, when it was also designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in July, writes Subhash Arora who laments that Indian wine lovers have been missing out on the beauty of this region and the delicious sparklers due to lack of knowledge and appreciation
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A Virtual Visit to York Winery in Nashik
Nashik based York Winery, near Sula vineyards is known for its excellent wines from international grape varietals thanks to using newer technologies and an enticing wine tourism, says Sheetal Kadam who was Inspired by a virtual tour of the winery with the assistant winemaker Shagith Prakash who has studied Viticulture and Oenology from Lincoln University New Zealand and has been working with York for 8 years
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50 Years of Super Tuscan Tignanello from Marchesi Antinori
Tignanello Toscana IGT from the House of Marchesi Antinori, might spend its 50th year in 2021 or even 2025, depending on the outlook of the owners but it is one of the most revered Italian brands that compete with top Bordeaux wines at 2-4 times its price, writes Subhash Arora who believes that the forerunner was introduced in 1970 with many years of underlying work with Giacomo Tachis, the winemaker who introduced Sassicaia, a decade earlier and the luxury wine officially introduced in 1971is truly aspirational
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Chenin Blanc could have better Future in India
International Drink Chenin Day was celebrated on June 20, 2020 without much fanfare in India where most wineries have it in their portfolio but the two top producing countries France (Loire Valley) and South Africa were more enthusiastic, even though it has a lot of scope for improvement in India as vines get older and producers experiment with aging in barrels, concrete eggs or amphoras- important factors along with Terroir as observed in two blind competitions, writes Subhash Arora
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Launch of Rosé by Celebrities Sara Jane Parker, Kylie Minogue and Post Malone
Covid-19 has not stopped the enthusiasm of three Celebrities- actor Sara Jane Parker (SRJ) of Sex and the City and Divorce fame, who launched a Sud de France Rose to add to her Invivo X label while Kylie Minogue launched her Rose labelled as Kylie, both under $20 even as the American Rapper Post Malone launched Maison No. 9, indicating that Rosé wines are becoming increasingly popular in the US, UK. Europe and the time is ripe for Indian importers and also wine aficionados star celebrities to introduce their own labels in India
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