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Its much hyped Marquise de Pompadour or MDP as it came to be known in trade circles evokes equal amount of awe and derision, depending on just what kind of a wine buff are you. Today, as Indage Vintners – the makers of MDP – battle it out in the courts to prevent creditors from winding up the company and probably liquidating their holdings, there is perhaps a certain bit of curiosity, tinged maybe with a dash of tragic romanticism. Curiosity at how did things go so horribly wrong at India’s first branded wine maker that just a couple of years back was cruising along to become a global player in the wine making and selling business. Did it grow too fast, through its sundry acquisitions and ended up stretching its balance sheet beyond breaking point? Maybe.

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Champagne Indage, as the company was known for the better part of its existence, may not have made wines that would become a collector’s prized possession or fetch eye-popping amounts at auctions of vintage wines. In fact, it can safely be said that the company was never in the business of making vintage wines – wines that would last not just a few years but maybe even a few generations. That’s an art honed to the level of a science by Europe’s vineyards. What it did was to probably bust the myth that wines could not be made in a tropical country like India, where apart from the challenge of the weather, there was also the challenge of the (in)famed Indian palate that preferred ‘hard’ drinks that gave a ‘kick’. Wine was wishy-washy, wussy and womanish, according to hardened palates. Without overtly planning to do so, Champagne Indage (now called Indage Vintners) changed all that and even inspired others to get into the business of wine making – today there are over 50 big and small wine producers and wineries in India, most of them in Maharashtra.

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The company, which made its first overseas acquisition when it bought Australia’s Thachi Wines for Australian $ 15 million in early 2007 (a company thrice its size in terms of production capacity), set its sights on having a complete portfolio of both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. That included a planned acquisition of a Europe based vodka brand, the buy-out of UK’s Darlington Wines, a wine supplier and a planned entry into the fruit juices and mineral water segment. Did the company, like many others around the globe, get caught in the all-izz-well syndrome of the boom times? That could well be the case, as it struggles with what can be termed as its last lifeline to stay afloat – the stay order on its winding up granted by the Mumbai High Court for 15 days. If that happens, the writer of this blog – a teetotaller to boot – will perhaps say cheers with a bottle of Indage’s finest MDP.

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The 2008 Malbec wine from Spangler Vineyards & Winery not only pleased the professional judges, but also the people who attended Saturday's 40th annual Greatest of the Grape.

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The wine, made by 20-year winemaker Pat Spangler of Roseburg, earned the Platinum Award from the three-member professional judges panel. And then at the end of the Saturday night Umpqua Valley Winegrowers Association's event that drew about 850 guests and volunteers to the Seven Feathers Hotel and Casino Resort Convention Center, the People's Choice Award was presented to the malbec.

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“Anytime you win an event against the best of wines, it's validation of what you're doing,” said Spangler, who has owned his vineyard and winery in Green for the past six years. “It's payback for a tremendous amount of hard work. It's extremely nice to be recognized by the judges and all the people at the show. To have yours picked as the best by both groups, the judges and the people, is very, very nice.” Malbec is a red wine made from the malbec grape, a Bordeaux variety. The malbec grapes that Spangler used to make the wine came primarily from Serenade Vineyard near Ashland.

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By BRAD HAYNES(AP)– 9 hours ago MOLINA, Chile — When Chile's worst earthquake in 50 years hit, Alvaro Galan bolted out of bed and ran, still in pajamas, to his winery next door.

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In the 4 a.m. darkness of the echoing warehouse, rocking and groaning from aftershocks, he waded through a scene from a sinking submarine: Streams of liquid sprayed from cracked tanks that teetered and slammed against each other, and the cement floor ran red with cabernet.

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Galan worked desperately to siphon the wine into undamaged tanks, but by dawn he had lost 30,000 gallons (110,000 liters) — plus the pajamas off his back, wrapped like a tourniquet around a broken spigot.

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Northwest transplant is making beautiful Bordeaux-style wine in Napa
Seattle Times
Once the vineyard was in and thriving, a small but well-equipped winery was built in time for the 2005 crush — the first commercially available vintage. ...



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During the recently organised Ante Prima Tastings in Sicily, wine journalists across  the world were taken to various wineries split into 8 groups, writes Subhash Arora who visited Cantine Barbera, Feudo Arancio, Donnafugata, Planeta and Settesoli- from a boutique winery to the ‘biggest vineyard’ in Europe.

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By the time I had reached the Foresteria- a guest house in the forest, far from the madding crowds, I  barely had time to meet with my journalist friends and the five producers enjoying the sweet wines from Pantelleria, the Sicilian elixir. This new property owned by the well- known wine estate Planeta, is extremely comfortable and elegant; the  walking distance from the Mediterranean Sea would make it a favourite sojourn for wine tourists and lovers (pun intended) when it goes known outside Sicily.

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The young Florence educated Marilena came back in 2001 and started the small family winery, very close to the Planeta Foresteria. She is fiery and passionate about the winemaking- her family was earlier in grape growing. She has only 15 hA of vineyard land where she also grows artichokes, and olives -all organically.

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