Excellence in Restaurant Wine Program 2018

For our second edition in 2018, we are delighted to launch a special category of awards for excellence in wines programs at hotels and premium stand-alone restaurants located across Mumbai, Delhi-NCR and Bangalore. For these categories of awards, we will recognize restaurants whose wine lists offer interesting selections, are appropriate to their cuisine and appeal to a wide range of wine consumers. If a restaurant has got a good wine list, it deserves the attention and publicity that will come with an India Wine Award for excellence in restaurant wine program. We also aim to recognize and award restaurants with good practices such as well-trained, competent wine staff / sommeliers and hosted wine events that promote a positive culture in its markets.

Our vision is to establish a credible platform for recognising the outstanding work and bestowing accolades for restaurants with serious wine programs. An independent panel of prestigious international wine experts including four Masters of Wine (MW) will judge the Restaurant Awards. For the inaugural edition in 2018, we are honoured to include the following judges on our panel:

Richard Hemming MW (United Kingdom)

A wine-writer, educator and consultant based in London, Richard has been writing for JancisRobinson.com for over a decade and is the winner of the Louis Roederer Online Communicator of the year 2017. He judges at the Decanter World Wine Awards and is an on-demand consultant and wine educator for restaurants based in London. He became a Master of Wine in 2015.

Ying Hsien Tan MW (Singapore)

Tan qualified as the first Singaporean Master of Wine in 2015. He owns Taberna Wine Academy where he organizes tastings, classes and wine dinners. Ying has been judging at several international wine competitions including Singapore National Sommelier Competition, Consours de Mondial, Sopexa French Wine Sommelier Competition, among others.

Andrea Pritzker MW (Australia)

A Sydney based Master of Wine, Andrea is an independent wine consultant, WSET educator, writer and a public speaker. Andrea’s diverse career in the wine trade include her role as retailer, buyer, auction manager for Langton’s fine wines and wine buyer for Qantas epiQure.

Victoria Burt MW (United Kingdom)

Victoria is the Research & Development Manager at the Wine & Spirits Education Trust, leading the team that reviews and refreshes the Trusts study material. She has previously worked as a store manager for the London-based Majestic Wine Warehouses, prior to embarking on the Master of Wine program in 2012.

Winners will be bestowed a trophy and a certificate of excellence at the India Wine Awards Winners’ Night