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Bigger, Better, and Shinier – The India Wine Awards 2018 Winners & Gala Night Celebration

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Many a cork was opened with great gusto at The Leela, Mumbai on September 29, 2018. The second edition of the India Wine Awards was bigger, better and shinier! The competition received 353 domestic and international wines of which 184 went home with medals in Silver, Gold, and Diamond, including 30 Best in Class Trophies for outstanding wines.

It was exciting to see the Best Wine Pairings with the Indian Cuisine category show up 10 Trophy Winners from 120 wines paired with nine dishes. A special category across establishments in Mumbai, Delhi and Bengaluru was theExcellence in Restaurant Wine Program, in which 20 restaurants were recognized for a World Class Wine List, eight restaurants as World Class Wine Destinations and a further six restaurants for the Best Wine Trained Service Staff.

In celebration of all the winners, The India Wine Awards 2018 Gala Night was an elegant Black Tie event graced by many luminaries of the wine and hospitality world. Sonal Holland set the wheels in motion with her opening address, “The 2018 India Wine Awards showcases the depth and versatility of Indian wines to the globe while offering a platform for international labels to reach out to the domestic market. For the urban Indian, wine is a cultural disruptor. Wine has sparked more conversations than we could ever have imagined. Serving as the ultimate consumer guide, the India Wine Awards helps wine consumers navigate a labyrinth of seemingly impossible choices, to select the perfect wine for the occasion.”

• All wines were tasted blind by the panel of 19 judges, including Holland.
• Medals were awarded on the basis of a 100-point score.
• Torres Mas La Plana 2012, Spain, and Boscoselvo Brunello di Montalcino 2010, Italy tied for Best Super-Premium Wine – International.
30 Trophy Awards were presented for wines across style and price-points in the Best in Class category
• 10 Trophy Awards were presented in the wine and food category paired with nine signature Indian dishes.

Dominated by Indian wines, the segment had 120 wines, ending with a tie between Casablanca Frizzano SemiDry NV, India and Sula Zinfandel 2018, India for the Best Wine pairing with Daal Makhani.

Two stars were awarded to three restaurants for Excellence in Restaurant Wine Lists at hotels and premium stand-alone restaurants and 17 restaurants won the one-star award.

Wine Destination Awards were presented to eight restaurants for creating unique experiences for customers. Six restaurants across three cities were awarded for the Best Wine Training Programs.

Sonal Holland also unveiled the second edition of the India Wine Insider report in collaboration with Wine Intelligence, a global consumer research leader. The paper focuses on insights from urban Indian wine drinkers and measures their attitudes, behaviour and relationship with wine.

According to the report, the female wine drinker in India is almost at par with male drinkers in terms of frequency of consumption, propensity to spend, and attitude towards wine drinking. with 43% of wine consumers being women versus 57% for men. Wine is seen as relaxing, romantic and healthier.

The Indian millennials who are between 18 and 35 years of age were reported to be keen on new and different styles of wines. The image of class and sophistication, paired with the physical attributes of taste and its comparatively lower levels of alcohol were the key motivators.

After the awards ceremony, the night ended on a high note with all the winning wines opened for tasting along with a sumptuous dinner.

The main presenting partners were WSET, international provider of Wine & Spirit Education and Lucaris, the modern Asian crystal stemware brand. The associate partners for the awards were Avendus Wealth Management, Eurocave, India Circus, TMJ Fine Jewels and Autohangar. And last but definitely, not the least, the incredible Chefs at the Leela who laid out a gastronomical treat that blended artistry and subtleness appealing to every sense.

Best in Class Trophy Winners by Style

Grover Zampa Vineyards Grover Zampa Chêne Grand Réserve BEST RED WINE – INDIAN India 2015 Red
Sula Vineyards Sula Dindori Reserve Viognier BEST WHITE WINE – INDIAN India 2018 White
Fratelli Fratelli MS Rosé BEST ROSÉ WINE – INDIAN India 2017 Rosé
Grover Zampa Vineyards Grover Zampa Soirée Brut Rosé BEST SPARKLING WINE – INDIAN India 2015 Sparkling
Le Volte dell’ Le Volte dell’ Ornellaia BEST RED WINE – OLD WORLD Italy 2015 Red
Framingham Pinot Framingham Pinot Noir BEST RED WINE – NEW WORLD New Zealand 2017 Red
Joseph Drouhin Joseph Drouhin ‘Drouhin-Vaudon’ Chablis Reserve de Vaudon BEST WHITE WINE – OLD WORLD France 2015 White
Susana Balbo Susana Balbo CRIOS Torrontés BEST WHITE WINE – NEW WORLD Argentina 2017 White
Chateau d’Esclans Côtes Chateau d’Esclans Côtes de Provence Whispering Angel Rosé BEST ROSÉ WINE – OLD WORLD France 2017 White
Taittinger Les Folies Taittinger Les Folies de la Marquetterie BEST CHAMPAGNE France NV White
Ferrari Ferrari Brut BEST SPARKLING WINE – INTERNATIONAL Italy NV Sparkling

 

Best in Class Trophy Winners by Price

York York All Rounder White 2017 BEST INDIAN WINE – BUDGET Gold Medal
Best in Class
India 2017 White Budget Wines Indian
(Up to Rs.300)
Reveilo Reveilo Nero D’Avola 2017 BEST INDIAN WINE – MID RANGE Diamond Medal
Best in Class
India 2017 Red Mid-range Wines Indian
(Rs.301 – Rs.700)
SDU SDU RESERVA 2014 BEST INDIAN WINE – PREMIUM Diamond Medal
Best in Class
India 2014 Red Premium Wine Indian
(Rs.701 – Rs.1200)
KRSMA Estates KRSMA Estates Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 BEST INDIAN WINE SUPER – PREMIUM Gold Medal
Best in Class
India 2015 Red Super Premium Wine Indian
(Rs.1201 upwards)
Camp Viejo Campo Viejo Tempranillo 2017, Spain BEST INTERNATIONAL WINE – BUDGET Gold Medal
Best in Class
Spain 2017 Red Budget Wine International (Up to Rs 2000)
Zonin Zonin Ripasso Valpolicella Superiore DOC, Italy BEST INTERNATIONAL WINE – MID RANGE Diamond Medal
Best in Class
Italy Red Mid-range Wine International (Rs 2001 – Rs 4000)
Domaine Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) Domaine Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) Pauillac, France BEST INTERNATIONAL WINE – PREMIUM Diamond Medal
Best in Class
France Red Premium Wine International (Rs 4001 – Rs 7000)
Torres Torres Mas La Plana 2012, Spain BEST INTERNATIONAL WINE – SUPER PREMIUM Diamond Medal
Best in Class
Spain 2012 Red Super Premium Wine International (Rs 7000 upwards)
Sensi Boscoselvo Brunello di Montalcino 2010, Italy BEST INTERNATIONAL WINE – SUPER PREMIUM Diamond Medal
Best in Class
Italy 2010 Red Super Premium Wine International (Rs 7000 upwards)

 

Best Wines Paired with Indian Cuisine

  • Best Wine pairing with Mutton Rahra – Sula Sparkling Shiraz 2018, India
  • Best Wine pairing with Chicken Chettinaad – Sula Brut Rosé 2018, India
  • Best Wine pairing with Goan Prawn Curry – Besserat de Bellefont Champagne NV, France
  • Best Wine pairing with Malvani Fish Fry – Grover Zampa Soirée Brut 2015, India
  • Best Wine pairing with Litti Chokha – The Source Grenache Rosé 2018, India
  • Best Wine pairing with Paneer Khurchan – Casablanca Rosé Spumante NV, India
  • Best Wine pairing with Dal Makhani (tie) – Casablanca Frizzano Semi-Dry NV, India & Sula Zinfandel 2018, India
  • Best Wine pairing with Aloo Poshto – Yellow Tail Pink Moscato NV, Australia
  • Best Wine pairing with Gulab Jamun – De Bortoli Noble One 2013, Australia

 

Diamond winners

  1. Sula Dindori Viognier 2018, India
  2. Reveilo Nero d’Avola 2017, India
  3. Joseph Drouhin ‘Drouhin-Vaudon’ Chablis Reserve de Vaudon 2015, France
  4. Le Volte dell’Ornellaia 2015, Italy
  5. Grover Zampa Soirée Brut Rosé 2015, India
  6. Boscoselvo Brunello di Montalcino 2010, Italy
  7. Torres Mas La Plana 2012, Spain
  8. Taittinger Les Folies de la Marquetterie NV, France
  9. Zonin, Ripasso Valpolicella Superiore DOC, Italy
  10. SDU RESERVA 2014, India
  11. Framigham Pinot Noir 2015, New Zealand
  12. Chêne Grande Réserve 2015, India
  13. Susana Balbo CRIOS Torrentes 2017, Argentina
  14. Domaines Barons De Rothschild Réserve Spéciale Pauillac, France

For more information visit India Wine Awards 2018

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