Restaurant Excellence Awards 2018

In this edition we launched a special category of awards for Excellence in Restaurant Wine Programs at Hotels and Premium Stand-Alone Restaurants located across the premium consumption cities of Mumbai, Delhi-NCR and Bangalore.


Our vision is to establish a credible platform for recognising the outstanding work and bestowing accolades for restaurants with serious wine programs and well-trained staff.


For this segment, we handpicked an independent panel of four international Master of Wines, chaired by Sonal Holland  MW, a feat achieved for the first time in any wine competition in India. Bringing their global experience and unmatched expertise to the judging process, the diversity and excellence of this panel ensures objectivity and merit in choosing the winners.



Judging Panel

Richard Hemming MW (United Kingdom)


A London-based wine-writer, educator and consultant, Richard has been writing for 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.

Tan Ying Hsien MW (Singapore)


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

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 (WSET), leading the team that reviews and refreshes WSET’s study material. She has previously worked as a store manager for London-based Majestic Wine Warehouses, prior to embarking on the Master of Wine program in 2012.

To build a strong foundation for Excellence in Restaurant Wine Programs at Hotels and Premium Stand-Alone Restaurants, for the first time in any Indian wine competition an independent panel of Our panels of handpicked industry experts judge entries over seven months of the year to ensure a considered approach to tasting is adhered to for each and every product.

The IWSC has a 6-point judging checklist that makes us different from other competitions.

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The IWSC judging panels are made up of key international influencers and decision makers from the wine and spirit industry.


Led by a Chair Judge and overseen by a separate Judging Committee for wines and spirits, each IWSC judging panel is comprised of an optimum mix of experts from a diverse range of backgrounds and experiences. Key areas of the industry are represented in the judging panels, including on-trade, off-trade, and specialist drinks writers and critics. This diversity on the judging panels ensures the greatest objectivity of results.

  • Richard Hemming MW (United Kingdom): London-based wine-writer, educator and consultant
  • Ying Hsien Tan MW (Singapore): Singapore’s first Master of Wine and owner of the Taberna Wine Academy
  • Andrea Pritzker MW (Australia): Sydney-based independent wine consultant, WSET educator, writer and a public speaker
  • Victoria Burt MW (United Kingdom): Research & Development Manager at the Wine & Spirits Education Trust. 



Platforms like India Wine Awards, will seriously help the consumer in choosing a wine which is really good and making their wine experience better.


Ajit Balgi