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Celebrating the best of Indian wines

Get a taste of award-winning wines paired with gourmet cheese and fine chocolates this weekend.

HT48HRS_Special Updated: Jun 02, 2016 20:24 IST
Meenakshi Iyer
Meenakshi Iyer
Hindustan Times
HT48Hours,All Things Nice,IWCCA
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Get a taste of award-winning wines paired with gourmet cheese and fine chocolates this weekend.

In February this year, over a hundred wine connoisseurs gathered to judge over 136 Indian wines from 21 labels. The wines were scored on three criteria: colour, aroma and palate. Over the next few hours, the judges emerged with a list of winners; Soma Brut Cuvée 2014 was judged as the best wine in the gold category, Good Drop’s Frizzano Semi Dry 2015 in the silver and Sula Brut Tropicale NV got the top spot in the bronze category. For the past four years, the Indian Wine Consumer’s Choice Awards (IWCCA) has been inviting wineries to participate in the awards and pick the best wines through a blind tasting by consumers.

Wine enthusiasts at the event last year (Photo courtesy: All Things Nice)

As a follow-up to the awards, Celebrating India’s Finest (CIF) is an upcoming wine tasting event organised by All Things Nice, in association with HT48Hours. To be held at Le Pain Quotidien in Colaba, it will celebrate the winning wines, which will be paired with artisanal cheese and gourmet chocolates, making it a truly indulgent evening. “This year, the winners include new wineries that have just been launched in Mumbai. Consumers need a guide to help them decide which wine to pick up,” says Nikhil Agarwal sommelier and CEO, All Things Nice, a wine and spirits consultancy. A lot of consumers pick up a bottle because they spot an award sticker.

At this year’s event, nine wineries including Sula Vineyards, Myra Vineyards, Good Drop Wine Cellars and Charosa Vineyards will be participating. “Events that promote Indian wines are like a shot in the arm for the nascent wine business. CIF not only promotes the best of Indian wines, but it also helps consumers pick wines and brands they think are good. So that’s more power to the average consumer,” says Ajay Shetty, CEO and MD, Myra Vineyards.

Le Pain Quotidien, Colaba

Apart from helping consumers make an informed choice, events like CIF also help the wine industry overcome challenges such as lack of knowledge among customers. “I have seen big progress since I came to India, almost 10 years ago,” says Cecilia Oldne, vice president (marketing), Sula Wines, adding, “The wine list has gone from one white and one red to 30 different varieties. People know and appreciate their wines. The quality of many wine producers is of international standards — and there is a consistency too.”

Fact file

When: 4th June, 2016

Where: Le Pain Quotidien, Colaba

Time: 7.30 pm onward

Tickets can be bought via Book My Show or by contacting All Things Nice at info@allthingsnice.in or 9820698883.