The India Wine Awards 2017 Tell You All You Need To Know About Wines In India

Last Saturday evening, the crème de la crème of the food world gathered at the Sofitel Hotel at the Bandra Kurla Complex for the India Wine Awards 2017.

“Wine is such a thought provoking medium,” said Sonal Holland, who was one of the organizers of the initiative, India’s first Master of Wine and the Founder and Directory of the SoHo Wine Awards.  “India wine awards informs the ever curious oenophiles about wine,” she continued. The India Wine Awards 2017 were an initiative to familiarization Indian consumers with the best local as well as international wines that the Indian market has to offer, which will fuel a growing interest in wine.

Here's a closer look at the India Wine Awards 2017.

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“Tonight’s award is about revelry and celebration,” Sonal said. Indeed, that’s exactly what the night was; it began with the attendees wandering up and down Sofitel’s carpets to sample wines from different booths which were set up. These included names like Sula, Grover Zampa and Revelio. We then proceeded into one of Sofitel’s banquet halls where Holland and other well-known culinary names presented awards.

The Judging Panel

The India Wine Awards 2017 had brought together a panel of 12 wine experts who tasted and rated 301 wines. As well as Holland, the initiative was powered by Subhash Arora, President, Indian Wine Academy and Founder-Editor of delWine, and Sourish Bhattacharyya, noted food writer and blogger.

The India Wine Awards 2017 Tell You All You Need To Know About Wines In India

Also included on the judging panel were Rojita Tiwari, a certified wine professional and Founder of Drinks and Destinations, restaurateurs Rahul Akerkar and Gauri Devidayal and Satyam Savla of Juben Wines.

The Awards

After many days of wine tasting, the judges put together an awards list; as many as 154 gold, silver and diamond medals were awarded in categories including the Best Indian Budget Wine (Sidus Premium White 2016), Best Indian Superior Wine (Nine Hills Chenin Blanc 2016), the Best Indian Red (Krsma Estates Cabarnet Sauivignion 2012) and the Best Indian Sparkling (Brut Tropical NV Sula Vineyards).

At the Sofitel Hotel for the #IndiaWineAwards2017

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The Indian Wine Awards 2017 also included trophy winners of the food and wine pairing competition – the first of its kind in any Indian competition. So, Indian wine lovers can now pair their Kathal Biryani with Casablanca Vino Spumante NV, Patrani Fish with Sileni Sauivnon Blanc2016 (Prestige Wines and Spirites), New Zealand and Butter Chicken with Jacob’s Creek Sparkling Brut NV (Pernod Ricard India, Australia.

Through this competition and the awards in general, Indians will be able to know about the best local and international wines available inthe market and help this guide their wine appreciation journey. In the words of Sonal Holland: “There is a need to enable consumer choices by showcasing the best of what is available in the country. The competition results will offer the Indian consumer the ultimate guide to purchasing wine, and winning brands an enviable advantage in the marketplace. We believe that India Wine Awards will help further the wine industry’s overall macro objective of bringing more consumers to wine and in strengthening India’s importance on the global wine map”.

We’ll say santé to that.