Bombay Wine Club conducts blind tasting


The Bombay Wine Club recently held an event in which they blind tasted several Indian white wines. They tasted 8 Sauvignon Blancs, 6 Chenin Blancs and 3 Chardonnays & Viogniers. 20 members participated and ranked the wines. Please note, these results are the opinions of the Bombay Wine Club and do not reflect Sommelier India’s views.

Blind tastings involve the labels of the wines being hidden from taster so that he or she is tasting with no knowledge whatsoever of which wine it is.
Members of the Wine Club at the wine tasting
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  1. Rajesh Swarnakar on

    e article on Amarone- an Italian treasure was great and it made a good reading.I have tasted this fabulous Italian wine a couple of years ago and was really amazed with it.However this wine benefits more when it is decanted an hour before consumption. i will advise you to give it a good shake after it has been decanted in the decanter and enjoy it after an hour with your fillet steak or osso bucco.
    Kindly have some articles ready on some great French wines next time around. you seems to be obsessed with Italian wines only.

  2. The tasting seesion at Bombay wine club is rather doubtful with the point that what actually they looked into the wines when they tasted(what is their palate?). Secondly the scoring do not specify the total ratings marks they have given to the wines and how they perform ratings. Its good to conduct blind tasting and rate the wines, but it is equally bad to rank the wines without following the proper rules of tasting? It is equally bad for the growing wine industry by showing their wines rated like this and that to not by a sommelier or a wine judge!

  3. Vishal Ksadakia on

    I am responding to a comment posted by Maitry Desai. I would like to mention that all the tasting conducted were blind with all bottles wrapped in aluminium foil. All the wines were sponsored by the individual wineries with there representative present during the tasting. All members were given printed cards and were asked to rate the wines from 1 to 5 (1 being worst and 5 being best). The crowd profile was sommeliers, chefs, enologist, wine makers, people with intermediate knowledge of wines, as well as novices. All wines once tasted were discussed and the pros and cons were highlighted. With such a diverse mix of crowd the idea was to get the true impression of how the wine is perceived by everyone. In fact all the winery representives which were present and also rated the wines were extremely happy with the conduction of the tasting. One such wine maker who was present during the event revealed that he has thoroughly discused these results with his chief wine maker. Personally I think these events are a must.
    I rest my case about the comments by Maitre on the conduct of wine tasting and well as need of a sommelier during such events!

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  5. As per Vishal the rating was done on 1 to 5 scale. There is no mention of weightages given to aroma, appearance, body, finish etc. to arrive at the final score. The list does not mention the vintages and bottling year/batch which is very important. For eg. Sula’s SB is rated no. 1.But which Sula is the question? 2005, 2006, 2007?? We at the Pune Gourmet Club follow Robert Parker’s scoring method to rate the wines and always include the bottling month/year and vintage. Blind tasting is a great way to create a level playing ground specially for ‘sleeper’ wineries who turn out great stuff but cannot match the biggies in marketing and surrogate advertising splashes.

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