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Cocchi: Move over Champagne-Alta Langa DOCG is here from Piemonte
Italy is well-known for Prosecco, Franciacorta, Trento DOC wines and even Moscato d’Asti and Lambrusco bubbles which are generally sweeter but an Appellation that produces amazing sparkling wines due to higher altitudes and lower temperatures is Alta Langa in Piemonte as Subhash Arora discovered on his recent visit to Bava Winery in Cocconato in Asti Piemonte, after attending Grandi Langhe event, when he tasted a range of Cocchi Alta Langa DOCG wines and also Piemonte Brut DOC wines and found them really good and challenging for Champagne and Prosecco
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Robert Joseph : India could produce Great Wines one Day - Part 2
Whereas in the previous Part-1 we focused on Robert Joseph’s views on the Indian market, I also asked him wine related questions like wine and Food, wine and health and wine competitions and ratings and global wine trends, writes Subhash Arora who tried to found out how he used decades of his wine knowledge to make best business medal for Le Grand Noir wines and make it a very successful venture in the highly competitive world of wines.
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Robert Joseph: India could produce Great Wines one Day – Part 1
Robert Joseph, the UK wine journalist, critic and author of global repute and a successful French wine producer and an important player in the world of wines, feels that Indian wine quality is a lot better than in the 1990s when he first visited Mumbai, and believes India could produce great wines one day though he would not guess in how many years; and also shared his views about the current global market, writes Subhash Arora who had an exclusive chat with him on the sidelines of MundusVini 2023 of which he is a Director and a fellow judge.
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Grandi Langhe 2023: The Two-Day wine event in Torino hugely Successful
The two days wine event in Piemonte christened as ‘Grandi Langhe 2023’ organized at the OGR Turin (Torino) was very successful with 240 Barolo, Barbaresco, Barbera, Dolcetto and Nebbiolo producers presenting their wines to the attending 3300 visitors from over 30 countries including Italy and India, writes Subhash Arora who attended the Tasting held on 30-31 January, 2023 and also visited a few of the participating wineries during the following 3 days
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Indian Wine Day 2022 Celebrated in Chennai and Pondicherry in Style
The Indian Wine Day falls on 16 November and it was celebrated in many parts of India including Gurgaon, Durgapur and Bangalore, but a total of seven events were organised in Chennai and Pondicherry by the wine enthusiast, educator and Indian wine lover Chinmaya Arjun Raja, three of them being wine dinners with different Indian wines. Subhash Arora attended two of these events, as shared by Chinmaya
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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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