Judging The Indian Wines Consumer Choice Awards 2016

If you think WINE and INDIA, you must also think NIKHIL AGARWAL. The passionate sommelier and CEO of All Things Nice promotes the local wine culture by creating beautiful wine events that are equally popular with the local and expat crowd.

Gwenda Glocalista with Nikhil Agarwal, Founder of All Things Nice
Gwenda Glocalista and her husband with Nikhil Agarwal (left), Founder of All Things Nice

In 2012, he launched the first ever INDIAN WINES CONSUMER CHOICE AWARDS and I was invited as a judge to the fourth edition which took place earlier this month at the Jyran Restaurant at Sofitel in BKC.

The event introduced consumers to the entire spectrum of Indian wines available. As the Indian wine culture is still young, many new wine connoisseurs are seduced by big names or active marketing of the few known Indian wineries. I myself was surprised to learn that there are more than 50 wineries in India. (To be honest: I could have named only Sula, York and Grover Zampa.)

The Indian Wines Consumer Choice Awards 2016
The Indian Wines Consumer Choice Awards 2016

It was so much fun to taste and judge the wines. We started with sparkling and white wines, continued with the red ones, and completed the experience with dessert wines.

We are tasting the white wines...
Gwenda Glocalista judges white wines.

I usually like sassy dry white wines –the type you enjoy with friends on the terrace or during a lunch by the seaside and I found a few Indian wines during the tasting event that I really enjoyed (but as it was a wine judging I have no idea which ones to buy now…).

Gwenda Glocalista judges red wines.
Gwenda Glocalista judges red wines.

But surprisingly, I gave my best rating to a super sweet dessert wine that was served ice cold. Though the wine was extreme sweet, I really enjoyed it and can imagine pairing it with a dry cinnamon pastry after a Christmas lunch.

Being the judge at a wine award is hard work (and a lot of fun).
Being the judge at a wine award is hard work (and a lot of fun).

I am super excited to see who the winners of the Indian Wines Consumer Choice Awards 2016 will be. You can check out previous winner here.

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