10th Indian Sommelier Championship, 2017

With 9 consecutive years of successfully nurturing Indian wine professionals, we are celebrating a decade of creating champions in the country. Having said that, the battle will only be the tougher, and by far the most gruelling version of the definitive wine competition in India. The quintessential platform for budding wine servers and sommeliers to showcase their skills and earn a spot in the league of the famed few. Institute of Wine + Beverage Studies (IWBS) proudly presents the seventh edition of the Indian Sommelier Championship (ISC)

  
This is your ticket to being baptised by the country’s most educated team of sommeliers. The best educators of the wine industry solicit your presence for masterclasses to broaden your understanding about your glassware, wines, beers, spirits, and more. Learn the art of presenting, tasting, and serving, your favourite elixir and be judged by a panel of discerning international jury, and a chance to impress India’s most coveted hospitality media, trade professionals, and the vinous cognoscenti with your vinous aptitude to win the highest order in the wine service discipline – The Indian Sommelier Champion. 
  
If  you think you have the passion, knowledge, technique, and flair, sign up and take a chance!! The awards are worth the effort. 
 
AWARDS THIS YEAR
The winner of this year’s competition will win the chance of a lifetime to visit an International Wine Region. The destination is so exciting and exclusive that we’d rather keep it a secret for the moment.
A chance to travel to the iconic vineyards of Fratelli Wines at Akluj, INDIA, to blend wines with much-celebrated oenologist and winemaker Piero MASI at their picturesque cellars 
 
Travel with a fellow oenophile to the legendary Grovers Zampa Vineyards and taste the scrumptious and iconic wines that took Indian wines to the International scene. Taste wines straight from the barrels, blend your own mix, and get home a cuvee labeled with your own name.
 
Visit the home of York Winery amidst the sprawling vineyards of Nasik. Observe winemaking up-close and learn personally from Kailash GURNANI, chief winemaker. Be enlightened about the back-breaking behind-the-scene efforts that bring these beautifully crafted wines to life.
Chance to win a visit to the only winery in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Hampi Hills in Karnataka, KRSMA EstatesThe quintessential pit-st0p for fine Cabernet sauvignons and Sauvignon Blancs in the country. Learn about the unique identity of the place and the challenges attached. 
Earn the award to spoil yourself in the lap of luxury with Pullman Aerocity Hotel with a stay, spa, and dinning opportunity of a lifetime. And guess what, you can bring in a partner in crime as well. What more can you ask for.
If your don’t finish on the top spot, we will consider you a diamond in the rough. Earn yourself a professional Wine Education Scholarship to hone your skills and up your wine quotient
 
HOW IT WORKS
 
STAGE ONE
Complete the application form along with the questionnaire. Slip it in a swanky envelope, seal it well, and dispatch it to the Wi-Not’s office address mentioned below well before the deadline. Don’t forget to send your entry fees!
Regional Training + Masterclasses
MUMBAI – 18-20th September 2017
BENGALURU – 22nd September 2017
DELHI – 25-27th September 2017
Registration Closes 
MUMBAI – 17h September 2017
BENGALURU – 21st September 2017
DELHI – 24th September 2017
Entry Fee
INR5000 per person
Cheque/Demand Draft
Favouring: Wi-Not Beverage Solutions Pvt Ltd
Payable in India
Correspondence Postal Address – Forms + Fee
Gagan SHARMA,
C/o Wi-Not Beverage Solutions Pvt Ltd
A-79 Ashok Vihar Phase-2,
Delhi-110052, India.
+91-99717-46655
 
Please Note: Forms submitted without the registration fee will not be entertained. Candidates must be above the legal drinking age in their respective city. Plagiarism will lead to disqualification.  
STAGE TWO
You’ll be invited for a three day training program where Wi-Not sommeliers along with industry luminaries will condition you for the technically challenging competition ahead. Learn about the brands, their journey, and what goes on in the wineries straight from the producers themselves at numerous masterclasses. Sharpen your tasting and service skills here as this is your final pit-stop before the deciding lap. Clear a written and a blind-tasting examination and come a step closer to the national finals. This year’s speakers are:
  • Sommelier Gagan SHARMA
  • Sommelier Magandeep SINGH
  • Sommelier Gurjit Singh BARRY
  • Craig WEDGE – Fratelli Vineyards
  • Karishma GROVER – Grover Zampa Vineyards
  • Kailash GURNANI – YORK Vineyards
  • Vishal NAGPAL – KRSMA Vineyards
  • Vishal KADAKIA – WinePark
  • Navin SANKARANARAYANAN – ASPRI Spirits
  • Rohan JELKIE – Moet Hennessy 
  • Sanjay Roy – Heineken India
  • Pesi ENGINEER – Schott Zwiesel Glassware
  • Akshay DUGGAL – Monin India
Conditioning Training*
MUMBAI – Sofitel, Bandra Kurla Complex, Mumbai
Trainings: 18th – 19th September
Examination: 20th September
BENGALURU – The Leela Palace, Bengaluru
Trainings: 22nd September
DELHI – The Pullman Aerocity, Delhi
Trainings: 25th – 26th September
Examination: 27th September
*Non-attendance to the training will lead to disqualification.
 
Examination
The top 10 performers at the theory examination will go through a rigorous service and oral examination. They will be judged by the Wi- Not sommeliers and distilled to the top six candidates each from Mumbai and Delhi. These candidates will be presented with a detailed study material which they will be judged upon at the day of the finals. After a gap for self-study, the finalists will make their way to Delhi NCR and will compete for the top spot. The final hurdle before making it to the stage will be a morning theory examination.
STAGE THREE
Stage is set and the spotlight is on you. You’ll be put live in front of the audiences packed with industry gurus, winemakers, tasters, and the media. The most crucial 12 minutes of your life will test your skills on:
Opening and serving a bottle of wine
•Properly decanting an old bottle of wine
•Swift sparkling wine service
•Tasting and decoding the wines
•Food and Wine pairing exercise
•Wine and Food pairing exercise
•Beer opening, service, and tasting (introduced since 2012)
•Spirit tasting and appreciation (introduced since 2013)
•Open questions from the judges
Grand National Final:
30th September 2017
The Pullman Aerocity, Delhi
Gala Dinner
The hard work is over, and you’ve earned the rights to be pampered and celebrated. The Indian Sommelier Championship team will host a Gala Dinner to celebrate your journey, passion, and success with the industry leaders, General Managers, relevant media, foreign dignitaries, and selected wine aficionados. So share your stories with our guests who will be all ears to learn about your rigorous trainings, late-night studying, and gallant efforts. 
Category awards will be announced and presented during the dinner. The top winners will have to hold their patience encore – sip on their wines a tad longer – as we intend to save the best for last. The winners will be announced and awarded in the presence of these discerning guests at the end of the dinner with a celebration to follow… 
This will be but a glimpse in to what the future months will hold in store for you. 
 
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