Italian wine masterclass with sommelier Gaurav Dixit

Italy produces some of the best wines in the world, but the huge variety can be confusing for a beginner. Gaurav Dixit, Beverage Manager and Sommelier at The Leela Palace New Delhi lets us in on a few hacks and helps us decode the mysteries of Italian wine in this masterclass.

Tasting Italian wine masterclass by Gaurav Dixit, Beverage Manager and Sommelier at The Leela Palace New Delhi

When the conversation turns to wine, Italy usually ranks right on top for any wine lover, and a holiday to the country would definitely be incomplete without a tour to a vineyard. After all, Italy is the biggest wine producer in the world with more than 20 regions that make wines such as Piedmont, Tuscany, Veneto, Emilia-Romagna, and more.

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However, for someone who is a newbie or just beginning to understand the world of wines, Italian wines can be quite overwhelming. Where do you start? How do you know if this is a good red wine? How do you determine the colour, the alcohol content, and what food to pair it with? In this masterclass one of the country’s top sommeliers—Gaurav Dixit, Beverage Manager and Sommelier at The Leela Palace New Delhi—tells us how to taste wine as well as bringing us up to speed with the five S’s of wine tasting: see, swirl, sniff, sip and savour. Here we taste a 2007 Chianti wine from Tuscany. Watch this video to know more. 

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