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Celebrating 2nd Edition of Indian Wine Consumers Choice Awards
In the evening of 7th June, Le Pain Quotidien, Colaba, Mumbai was buzzing with a number of wine lovers chatting away over glasses of wines. The wines that they were drinking were not ordinary. These were the wines, carefully selected by the same discerning drinkers over a blind tasting for the 2nd edition of the Indian Wine Consumers Choice Awards. The occasion was to celebrate the success of those winners. Besides consumers, there were wine producers and wine and food writers who got a chance to taste the medal winners.
The participating wine companies were, Sula Vineyards, Fratelli, Grover Zampa, Chateau d’Ori, Charosa, KRSMA, Vallonne, Reveilo, Alpine, Mokssh, SDU, York, Turning Point, Big Banyan, Nine Hills and Myra Vineyards.
While wines like Sula Late Harvest Chenin Blanc 2013, Fratelli Gran Cuvée Brut NV, Zampa Soirée Brut Rosé 2011, Four Seasons Blush (Rosé) 2013, Sula Satori NV, Chateau d’Ori Cabernet Merlot 2012 , Zampa Chêne 2010 , Charosa Reserve Tempranillo 2012, Fratelli SETTE 2010, Reveilo Nero D’Avola 2012, KRSMA Sangiovese 2012 , Sula Dindori Reserve Viognier 2013, Fratelli Chardonnay 2013, Sula Riesling 2013 , Vallonné Reserve Merlot 2012, Reveilo Merlot 2012, Alpine Vindiva Reserve Shiraz 2012, Reveilo Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2012, Mokssh Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, SDU Deva Syrah 2013, Sula Sauvignon Blanc 2013, Grover Art Collection Sauvignon Blanc 2013, York Winery Chenin Blanc 2013 and Turning Point Chenin Blanc 2013 received gold medals, brands like Vallonné Vin de Passerillage Chenin Blanc 2013, Sula Brut NV, Sula Brut Rosé NV, Vallonné Rosé 2013, Charosa Pleasures Cabernet Shiraz NV, York Winery Cabernet
Merlot 2012, Sula Red Zinfandel 2013, Reveilo Sangiovese 2013, Reveilo Grillo 2012, Charosa Selections Viognier 2013, York Winery Sauvignon Blanc 2012, Mokssh Chardonnay 2012, Big Banyan Merlot – Goa, Zampa Syrah 2011, KRSMA Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, Sula Chenin Blanc 2013, Charosa Selections Shiraz 2012 and Reveilo Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 received silver medals.
In the Bronze medal category, Sula Zinfandel Rose 2013, Vallonne Crimson Glory 2012, Reveilo Chardonnay 2013, Grover Art Collection Viognier 2013, Chateau d’Ori Cabernet Syrah 2012, Sula Rasa Shiraz 2012, Reveilo Syrah Reserve 2012, Charosa Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, Big Banyan Cabernet Sauvignon, Myra Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc 2012, Alpine Classic Shiraz 2012, Vallonne Chenin Blanc 2013, Nine Hills Chenin Blanc 2013 received medals.
All Things Nice, the company behind the awards in association with Prowein, the international wine event held in Dusseldorf hosted the event this year. The event intends to offer Indian consumers an opportunity to judge and rank for themselves and on behalf of other consumers, which are the best Indian wines available in the country through blind tasting that took place in January this year, irrespective of the brand and the price, going simply by the taste, aroma and color of the wine.
"We’re glad to have created a platform to showcase Indian wine and to celebrate it. We believe that consumers in India are getting more aware and Celebrating India’s Finest and the Indian Wine Consumers Choice awards has succeeded in creating an independent list of India’s finest wines chosen by wine drinking consumers themselves” says Nikhil Agarwal, Sommelier & Director of All Things Nice.
Besides members from All Things Nice community and wine enthusiasts, Jyoti Narang of The Taj Group of Hotels, Parveen Chander of Taj Mahal Palace and Towers, Gauri Devi dayal of The Table, Stanley Evans of Porsche, Rajeev Samant of Sula Vineyards, Kiran and Yatin Patil of Reveilo, Deepak Roy of Grover Zampa, Ravi Gurnani of York Winery were also present as part of the celebrations. For a charge of Rs. 1350, consumers were invited to this celebratory occasion to mingle with the wine makers and people behind these wines. There were also a number of fine cheeses with charcuterie showcased at the event.
By Shamli Ghosh