Jury for Wine Tasting Competition 2018

Our judging process was impeccable. All the wines were tasted blind by our formidable panel of 19 judges, including Sonal Holland MW.
Our judging panel blind-tasted a total of 353 wines over two days. The judges were given no information about the wine’s producer, country or region of origin, grape variety or even price. They were arranged in logical flights to allow for a fair assessment of its taste and quality. Each table had a total of 3 to 4 judges who discussed each wine score, moderated by Sonal Holland MW. Medals have been awarded on the basis of a 100-point score in a process conducted as per global standards. The judges declared 154 medal winners, from which 30 are the winners of the Best in Class Trophy.



Judging Panel—Chaired by Sonal Holland MW

Sonal Holland MW, Chairperson

Rahul Akerkar, Founder, Qualia, Celebrity Chef, & Entrepreneur
Pratik Angre, Sommelier, The Table Mumbai
Subhash Arora, President, Indian Wine Academy, Wine Writer, International Judge and Wine Promoter
Jasjit Singh Assi, Hotel Manager, Four Seasons Hotel, Mumbai
Ajit Balgi, Bar Consultant, Wine & Spirit Educator, Corporate Trainer, Columnist
Abhishek Basu, Executive Assistant Manager- Food and Beverage, The Leela Mumbai
Aneesh Bhasin, Co-Founder, Foxtrot Beverages and Co-founder and CEO of Hipcask
Sourish Bhattacharyya, Co-Chair, Food and Pairing Competition; Food Writer; Author at IndianRestaurantSpy.com and Co-Founder of the Tasting India Symposium.
Parveen Chander, Area Director – West India and General Manager – Taj Lands End, Mumbai
Alok Chandra, Wine Consultant, Gryphon Brands Inc.
Gauri Devidayal, Co-Founder, The Table Mumbai, The Table Farm, Magazine St Kitchen, Magazine St Bread Co and Miss T
Vaniitha Jaiin, Wine & Spirits Specialist at The Perfect Pour
Suneeta Kanga, Corporate Grooming, Fine Dining & Wine Appreciation
Rukn Luthra Managing Director, Fermentras India
Sameer Malkani, Co-Chair, Food and Wine Pairing Competition, India Wine Awards, Founder – President, Food Bloggers Association of India
Nikhil Merchant, Food Writer & Influencer
Shahrom Oshtori, Vice President Operations – India, Gourmet Investments Pvt Ltd
Reva Singh, Publisher & Editor, Sommelier India – The Wine Magazine
Ruma Singh, Wine Writer