Sommelier India Tasting Panel assesses champagnes and sparkling wines in a blind tasting

The Sommelier India tasting panel got together in early November to taste sparkling wines and champagne. The aim of our blind tasting was quite simple. With the rise in popularity of sparkling wines across the board, we wanted to compare bubblies from different regions produced in the methode champenoise with genuine Champagne.

Wines lined up
Sparkling wines and Champagne paired with chicken biryani

The tasters were individuals from the wine and restaurant business, winemakers, importers and wine writers who were asked to rate the wines on 20, after which an overall ranking was reached based on average scores. We tasted five Champagnes of which two were toppers, one faulty, and one that was rated very low “with a broken heart” as one panellist expressed it! The sparkling wines acquitted themselves very well, almost on par with Champagnes.

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