The Budding Gems At ISC 2011

The time of the year when the Armageddon calls all the hotels and restaurants to bring out their best armor to battle it out for the throne of the best wine-quotient in the business. Indian Sommelier Championship continues its legacy for the fourth year and makes it the best of the lot so far. With over a month long preparations, applications enrollments, tasting sessions, pre-competition trainings and examinations, and gearing-up finally came the day of the battle royalé and it was quite a sight.

With applications from over 12 different organizations and over two dozen candidates Indian Sommelier Championship 2011 started off it’s this year’s programme as planned. Sommeliers Magandeep SINGH and Gagan SHARMA trained the candidates for two days over various aspects of wines and sharpened their skills on wine tasting and handling at The TLC Inn, Mahipalpur. After an hour –long examination and an intense blind-tasting test the top five emerged.  On day two of India’s most prestigious gastronomy affair, Fine Foods India 2011, the top five were revealed and battled it out for the top spot in front of wine aficionados and media and the esteemed judge’s panel. The panellists this year were:

The judges were not the easiest to impress but it took no sweat for the contestants to flatter them with their skills and knowledge. Finally, we had our winners:

The winners were awarded with all expenses paid trip from Fratelli Vineyards along with gold-lined glasses and wines. Four Season’s Winery also awarded a trip to one of the winners. The Leela Group also very generously awarded a two days paid trip to one of the finalists.

With a roaring success of Indian Sommelier Championship chapters year after year it only sets to prove that the wine scene in the country is on a roll. The competition’s not only growing prestigiously but is also being supported by the industry majors with both hands. Having said that the future of the wine professionals in the country not only seems to be on the horizon but also shining bright. Wi-Not plans to take the competition to other cities and test the strength and passions of many this year. Indian Sommelier Championship will return at Fine Foods India in September this year, catch 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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