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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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Classic Zenato Wines from Valpolicella partners with Vbev in India
Zenato, the premier wine brand from Valpolicella launched in Mumbai a couple of months back, motivated our writer Sheetal Kadam to gather more insights on the Venetian brand and she interacted with the producer Nadia Zenato who revealed interesting stories behind the making of Zenato wines and the activities during the Pandemic and shares her affinity for Zenato wines with our readers and talks about the distribution in India by Mumbai-based importer VBev
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Chianti Classico Gran Selezione might find Competitor in Chianti Gran Selezione
I was quite disturbed last November reading a report saying that Chianti docg would also introduce a Grand Selezione category to implicitly compete with Chianti Classico Gran Selezione introduced in 2014 as the highest quality in the hierarchy, and I went to attend the annual Tuscan Marathon this year bewildered and amused, says Subhash Arora who was glad to learn that no formal application had been made so far and now Chianti Classico Consortium is reinforcing its efforts of ‘Separate Together’ with the release of the New Online Catalogue yesterday
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Italian Wineries facing Covid-19 with Bravado
Italy has been the first European country to be gripped with coronavirus and affected the most in the ongoing battle with Corona Virus but the food and wine companies have been fighting hard to adjust and survive, writes Michele Shah from Tuscany who feels that Italy will rebound as it has from the previous calamities before
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Nascent Wine Industry in India
Wine culture is nascent but slowly catching on in India-known for its hard liquor drinkers with the modern day wine production pioneered by the now defunct Champagne Indage with foreign collaboration in the 1980’s but varietals pioneered by Grover and Sula in the mid-late 1990’s, but the bureaucracy and government policies are a hurdle to its progress with the government treating wine at par with liquor which has a social stigma attached to it, writes Subhash Arora who wrote the Article initially for a print magazine SPS India
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Tuscan Tasting: Brunello 2019 gets 5-Stars at Benvenuto Brunello 2020
Benvenuto Brunello 2020 (Welcome Brunello!), the final leg of the Annual Tuscan Tasting Marathon which concluded on Sunday 23 February, was attended by journalists and professionals in large numbers as earlier years, despite fears of Coronavirus, reports our guest writer from Tuscany, Antonio Sferlazzo who was in Montalcino to represent delWine and taste the 2015 vintage released earlier on 1 January, 2020 and where the 2019 vintage was officially awarded 5-stars
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