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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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MUST Fermenting Ideas 2019: Uncrowned Colares wines crave to win back Heritage
Colares is the centuries old antique wine region located near the youngest royal palace in Sintra near Lisbon and although, Ramisco and Malvasia de Colares being used there today are the rarest grape varieties, they were the finest and most favoured wines in the ancient days but it is today an endangered wine region in Portugal, said Rui Falcão, one of the organisers of the recently concluded Must Fermenting Ideas Conference in Cascais, and who was a Speaker talking about the region as one of the interesting topics, writes an inspired and sensitized Sheetal Kadam who was at the Conference for the second year
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Tayl of Two Poorts- Taylor and Niepoort 2017 Vintage Ports
A vast majority of Ports (not Goan- but Real McCoy from Porto/Douro ) are Tawny, Ruby, Reserve, Late Bottled Vintage (LBV) but a tiny fraction is Vintage Port made from single vintage in excellent weather but generally 3 times in a decade; back to back Vintage is practically unheard of so after 2016 Vintage, the declaration of 2017 as a Vintage year has been unusual but welcome news for the Porto producers with many claiming it to be the vintage of the century, vying with the top vintage 1945. Subhash Arora reports about Taylor and Niepoort Vintage Ports 2017 he tasted recently
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MUST Fermenting Ideas Conference a Think Tank of Wine Ideas
The third edition of MUST Fermenting Ideas, the 3-day international Wine Summit kicked off on 26 June, 2018 at the Centro de Congresso do Estoril, in Cascais- a seaside resort near Lisbon, with a brilliant set of speakers including Adam Lechmere, Gaia Gaja, Pedro Ballesteros MW, Felicity Carter, Eric Asimov, Lenz Moser, Rui Falcão, Miguel Torres, Antonio Graca and Isabelle Legeron MW, writes Subhash Arora who attended the Conference for wine professionals third time and followed it by a trip to Azores Island for a select few Post-Conference
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WBWE Asia: Visiting Golden Age Winery in Penglai China with Sea Ageing
Penglai is a small city in Shandong Province of China, where several wineries exist but one winery that has taken wine tourism to a different level is also known as Seafloor Storage No. 1 and it was interesting to visit the Golden Age Chateau winery and vineyards, before being taken in a big boat to a nearby island where wines are immersed and aged for 10-12 months changing the character, writes Subhash Arora who tasted the wine at the dinner, during journey to the station of immersion and then again at a beach party in the evening and found the wine very palatable though a bit expensive
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Benvenuto Brunello 2019: Donatella Cinelli Colombini- a Woman of Substance
Donatella Cinelli Colombini- owner of Montalcino based winery of the same name and the first woman to start a winery with a complete woman staff in 1998, has proven with her grit and determination in 20 years that women can also be great producers, writes Subhash Arora who visited her winery for a vertical tasting of wines from both her wineries during his visit to Montalcino to attend Benvenuto Brunello 2019 so well organised by the Consorzio Brunello di Montalcino
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Concours Mondial Bruxelles 2019 in Switzerland with a Difference
The 26th edition of Concours Mondial Bruxelles, world’s largest travelling international wine competition concluded successfully on May 5, with 9150 wines tasted by 340 judges at the UCI World Cycling Center in Aigle in Vaud region, smoothly as if it were being held at the same for the past 25 years with no challenges of logistics and a new city every time, writes Subhash Arora who felt it was the best organised event since he started judging in Valencia in 2009 and made 11th consecutive appearance
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Prowein 2019: Visiting Wineries of Mittelrhein- Weingut Matthias Müller
One of the additional benefits of visiting an international premier wine shows like Prowein is that one has an opportunity to visit a few select wineries in the nearby regions before or after the Show as Düsseldorf is quite a central place with areas like Mittelrhein, Nahe, Rheingau, Ahr and Rheinhessen being in close vicinity, writes Subhash Arora who visited Mittelrhein and Rheingau for a couple of days, courtesy German Wine Institute , visiting wineries like Weingut Matthias Müller
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