3rd Indian Sommelier Championship, 2010

It was again that part of the year when wine professionals roll up their sleeves and get ready for competition time. The 3rd Indian Sommelier Championship was organised by Wi-Not Beverage Solutions Pvt Ltd at the International Food and Drinks Expo, 2010, on the 3rd of December 2010.

Numerous discerning candidates from over 10 prestigious organisations applied. Like last year, students were called for some classroom training based on their applications. Then were conducted the intense two-day pre-competition trainings by the Wi-Not sommeliers that covered a vast area of technical inputs, exhausting sessions of wine tasting, and hours of grooming for the final competition. A technical examination was conducted at the of this event which, combined together with the scores of the initial application, decided the top five. A panel of international judges and the Wi-Not team announced the final five candidates who then battled for the top spot at the venue, live! The judges this year were:

•Mr. Sanjay Menon – Owner, Sonarys (Mumbai based wine import company)

•Mr. Angelo De Ioia – Restaurant Manager and Sommelier, Travertino at The Oberoi, New Delhi

•Mr. Davide Zubani – Head Sommelier, China Club, Gurgaon

The final contestants were judged on their proficiency to pair wines with dishes from various cuisines, suggesting best dishes to marry a list of high-end wine, technical know-how, wine handling and serving skills, and interpersonal and communication dexterity. If this wasn’t enough, judges incorporated a parameter of personal questions that tested the eloquence and creativity of the candidates. The wines were selected by the judges at the last moment to ensure no bias could be administered. The best bit was that all members of the audience also tasted the wines that were allotted to the candidates to be commented. This further made it a consolidated judgement.

After some serious discussions and a bout of seemingly endless and intimidating silence, the results were announced:

1.Winner – Mr. Navrose Arora, Hyatt Residency, Delhi

2.1st Runner-up – Mr. Ankur Chawla, Hotel Taj Mann Singh, Delhi

3.2nd Runner-up – Mr. Ravish Gadhwal, Aman Resort, Delhi

4.Finalist – Mr. Mohammad Farat, Hotel Le Meridien, Delhi

5.Finalist – Mr. Abhijit Haiti, Hotel Trident, Gurgaon

Arc International ingenuously sponsored the awards for the winners and the judges. Chef&Sommelier limited edition wine glasses not only put a big smile on the faces of the winners but will also keep them tasting more wines here-on The competition is all set to expand next year. This will not only include city prelims nationwide but will also hold a week-long training before the finals in Delhi, same time, next year. See you there!!


About the Author

Gagan is much like a young wine in many senses; you have to spend time with him before he opens up. A certified wine expert and mixologist, Gagan pursued his love for beverages Down under, doing his Masters in Hospitality Management (specialising in wines) from Victoria University, Melbourne. He reserves a soft corner for Australian reds, German Rieslings and Gewürztraminer. As much as he loves to experiment with new cuisines, he also has a taste for adventure – paragliding, bungee jumping, rafting, skydiving and playing squash. His interests include blogging, back to back movie spree, cooking for self and travelling. He is a music-fanatic and loves being left alone with his PSP. Beef steak and wine rate high on his agenda as also does a Bourbon and cola.

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  1. Abhijit hati says:

    I would like to participate in the 4th Indian sommelier championship . I have participated in 2009 and 2010.
    Please tel me the know the procedure if something has change from last year or else send me the written test paper and let me know the schedule for blind testing.


  2. Priyal Amin says:

    I would like to participate in the 4th indian sommelier championship. Could I know what the procedure and requirement for enrolling is?

    Thanks & Cheers,

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