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Champagne clocks record sales in value in 2021
Despite the pandemic and the growing competition with Cava and Prosecco which sells over 500 million cases annually, Champagne sales in 2021 reached almost 320 million cases showing a 30% growth over 2020 and clocking a record value of €5,7 billion, remaining globally the largest selling sparkling wine, according to Charles Goemaere, Managing Director of Le Comité Interprofessionnel du vin de Champagne (CIVC), in an interview last week by Concours Mondial de Bruxelles (CMB). Subhash Arora reports on the secret of Champagne’s continues success and what the future hold for them
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Concours Mondial de Bruxelles (CMB) into 4 phases starting in Calabria
Concours Mondial de Bruxelles (CMB) has split the competition into 4 different sessions with the most predominant Red and White Wine section tasted in Rende-Cosenza in Calabria on May 20-22, 2022 with the other 3 sections tasted in different countries, writes Subhash Arora who rated about 140 of the 7400 wines offered at the competition, for the 12th time since he started tasting in Valencia in 2009 and hopes to be at the next edition in Porec in the Istrian region of Croatia on 12-14 May, 2023
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Masterclass: Vranec Wines from Macedonia of Alexander the Great
Of the many benefits of judging at Mundusvini International Wine Competition is an exclusive evening for the judges to attend a Masterclass with Tasting and Dinner that gives an insight into one country/region, and the Spring Tasting 2020 saw Wines of Macedonia organise a Masterclass attended by Subhash Arora who loved the Vranec Wines presented and believes that in a Utopian world, knowledgeable Indian wine lovers would have an opportunity to enjoy these low-cost wines from this small Balkan country winning 41 Gold and Silver medals
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Tuscan Tasting: Arrighi experiments with Wine from Grapes under Sea
One has heard and seen a lot of cases by now of ageing of wine under sea/lake water after the successful finding of Champagne bottles a few years ago in a sea wreck, but it was interesting to taste a wine labeled as Nesos by winemaker Antonio Arrighi in Elba, from grapes immersed under sea, writes Subhash Arora who tasted the wine at the Tuscan Tasting in Florence last month and found it savoury and unique white
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Mundusvini Spring Tasting gets Record 7500 Entries
The 26th edition of the Neustadt-based International Wine Competition Mundusvini came to a successful end last Sunday with record entries of around 7500 samples in the Spring edition but as always, the most impressive aspect of the professionally conducted competition was the Results announced on Tuesday the 25th February at 12 pm, 2 days after it was over, reports Subhash Arora who attended the competition for 17thconsecutive time
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PrimAnteprima 2020: New Consortium Vino Toscana for IGT Wines
Tuscan wine region is divided into several appellations, most well- known being Chianti, Chianti Classico, Montalcino, Montepulciano and San Gimignano etc. but a significant portion of wines as IGT/IGP Toscana was brought under the preview of an independent Consorzio Vino Toscana to represent and defend the 26% wines produced as IGT wines in Tuscany, writes Subhash Arora who met Cesare Cecchi, President and Stefano Campatelli, Director of the Consorzio at the PrimAnteprima event held at Fortezza di Bassi yesterday, on 15 February, 2020
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WBWE 2019: 11th World Bulk Wine Exhibition concludes successfully
Another edition of the annual 2-day wine event encompassing the world bulk wine business concluded successfully on December 3 at the regular venue Amsterdam RAI where 260 wineries and 450 producers from 24 countries exhibited with 6,000 wine professional from 60 nationalities attending the World Bulk Wine Exhibition (WBWE) writes Subhash Arora who is a regular visitor here and also a judge at the World Bulk Wine Competition held a day earlier on December 1
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BRWSC 2019: Visiting Ningxia Wineries in Helan Mountain East in China
Ningxia has become a brand as popular as Barolo, Brunello, Burgundy or Barossa with the eastern foothill of Helan Mountain recognized as one of the most suitable regions for producing high-end wine. Since 2013 it has also the protected area for national products with geographical indications (GI), writes Subhash Arora who visited Ningxia for second year as a part of a group of journalists to judge at BRWSC wine competition and visited a few wineries, found a majority to be of high quality but the prices rather high
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Ningxia-Flavour of the Decade Wine Region of China
Despite the severity of temperature with the vines needing burying under the earth during the extreme cold winter Ningxia has seen unprecedented growth during the last 30 years and boasts of some excellent red wines made primarily with Cabernet Sauvignon, Marselan and Cabernet Gernischt, writes Subhash Arora who was recently in the region for the second time and tasted several wines and after visiting several key wineries finds the wines of excellent quality but prices high
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3RD Edition of BRWSC highlights Ningxia as Top Wine Region of China
Belt & Road Wine and Spirits Competition (BRWSC) organised by Vinopres of Belgium, known for organising world’s top competitions like Concours Mondial de Bruxelles, was held for the 3rd year in a row at the Yinchuan International Exhibition Center in Yinchuan Ningxia where 915 wines participated with 60 judges from 24 countries, writes Subhash Arora who has been invited for all the 3 editions and feels that if the objective was to showcase Ningxia as the premier wine region of China, it was a very successful event
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Miraval: A Tale of Brangelina and Famille Perrin of Beaucastel
With the tongues wagging ever since the famous Hollywood couple Brad Pit and Angelina Jolie decided to split, about the division and possible sell-off the stake in Chateau Miraval by the estranged couple, it was good to know from Pierre Perrin, one of the family members of Chateau de Beaucastel in Chateauneuf du Pape, that it was business as usual at Miraval, writes Subhash Arora who visited their Chateauneuf du Pape winery and later met him at the family-owned restaurant NEZ in Gigondas
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Chateauneuf Du-Pape: Wine of Popes and Kings
Chateauneuf Du-Pape wines are renowned globally, thanks partially to the nomenclature itself, with the Pope making it a summer residence in Avignon barely 20 kms from the vineyards and partially due to its unique soil but the popularity of the region escalated after the second world war, writes Subhash Arora who visited the region and a few of its wineries earlier this month and found them excellent for special meals and occasions, giving top Bordeaux wines run for the money and offering even better match with Indian cuisine
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Italian Wines Highest Awarded at 25th edition of Mundusvini
Italian wines won the highest country honour with a total of 487 medals, much ahead of the host country Germany at the 25tth edition of the Mundusvini Summer Tasting 2019 held on Aug 29-Sep 1 in Neustadt, Pfalz (Palatinate), writes Subhash Arora who is impressed by the professional approach and the time taken to announce the results on September 3, within the traditional two days of completion of the competition
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MUST Fermenting Ideas: Global Warming and Water Management of Vineyards
There is a steadily decreasing number of doubting Thomases who still refuse to believe that global warming has hit us and that we need to take positive actions NOW to ensure the safety of this planet but fortunately a few visionaries like Miguel Torres have already accepted it and are dedicated to finding pragmatic solutions, as Subhash Arora attending the MUST Fermenting Ideas Summit for the third time, discovered during his Presentation
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MUST Fermenting Ideas 2019: Importance of Wine Ratings
Wine writers started writing about wines, perhaps within a few years of introduction but the concept or ratings as we know, is relatively new and 100-point system was started by Robert Parker who made it popular and important globally but ratings alone are not sufficient to assess a wine, said Lisa-Perrotti Brown MW, Editor-in-Chief for Robert Parker Wine Advocate andRobertParker.com, who was a Speaker at MUST Fermenting Ideas in Cascais Portugal last month. Subhash Arora, a third time visitor to the Conference, reflects
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