The 7th Indian Sommelier Championship is gathering speed as the excitement builds up with the Mumbai chapter concluded a short while ago. Now all eyes are turned towards Delhi. The training that primes candidates for the final test in both Mumbai and Delhi, is over as is the written and blind tasting examination. What now?
In the final round the top six sommeliers from both Mumbai and Delhi will be quizzed and asked to demonstrate their service skills followed by a theory exam. The drumbeat begins on the last day when the stage is set and the spotlight shines on each individual for a crucial 12 minutes as they are tested on:
•Opening and serving a bottle of wine
•Properly decanting an old bottle of wine
•Swift sparkling wine service
•Tasting and decoding the wines
•Food and Wine pairing exercise
•Wine and Food pairing exercise
•Beer opening, service, and tasting (introduced since 2012)
•Spirit tasting and appreciation (introduced since 2013)
•Open questions from the judges
And then it’s finally over. Whew! And time to celebrate at the Gala Awards Dinner on Tuesday, 11 November 2014.
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