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DWWA judge profile: Nikhil Agarwal

Nikhil Agarwal is is a judge at the Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) and the Decanter Asia Wine Awards (DAWA).

Nikhil Agarwal

Nikhil Agarwal is a renowned wine and spirits expert, writer, and judge.

He represents The Edinburgh Whisky Academy in India and is the co-organiser of ProWine Mumbai. Nikhil is the brainchild behind All Things Nice, India’s leading wine, spirits, and luxury marketing & consulting agency. He has raised the bar for wine, spirits, and luxury gastronomical events with the world’s best chefs, not only in India but also internationally.

Nikhil has pioneered The Indian Wine Consumer’s Choice Awards, providing a platform for consumers to rank Indian and international wines according to their choice, irrespective of brand and price. Additionally, he is a wine and spirits retailer and importer of wines and spirits from across the world.

Nikhil Agarwal has judged extensively at international wine competitions such as Decanter, Hongkong International Wine & Spirits Competition, Frankfurt International Wine Trophy, Diageo World Class, Living Foods Epicurean Guild Awards, and more. He has spoken at masterclasses conducted by Sial China and HKTDC Wine tradeshows.

In 2020, Nikhil launched The Wine Cellar by All Things Nice to retail bespoke wines and spirits in India. Subsequently, he became a partner at Anggel’s Share LLP and is responsible for bringing in over 100 brands by the end of 2021. He won the Wine Australia scholarship, and Wine Australia subsequently made him their A+ Wine Educator in India. Nikhil was also one of five contenders shortlisted by the International Wine and Spirit Competition in London for The Julian Brind Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Wine and Spirits Industry from contenders from 90 countries. The ultra-luxury BlackBook magazine listed Nikhil Agarwal as one of their TOP 100 – Indian Luxury’s Most Influential.

Nikhil lends his written expertise to eminent publications, has been covered by most publications, and has featured on TV channels such as NDTV Profit, Times Now, Bloomberg TV, and ET Now. CNBC did a feature on Nikhil as part of the show ‘Young Turks’. Discovery TLC features Nikhil in the show The Flying Wine Maker. Nikhil was voted as one of India’s TOP 10 Movers & Shakers in Verve magazine and is a judge on the Living Foodz Epicurean Guild Awards.

Nikhil has been in the wine, spirits, and luxury business for over 19 years, working with companies such as Sula Vineyards, LVMH, and Diageo. He was appointed as Program Director of the Wines Of India Program, an industry initiative. He has conceptualized path-breaking event properties like Wine Week, Cognac Week, and Malt Week.

In 2019, ProWein made Nikhil their official Advisor in India. All Things Nice has been appointed as the co-organizer for Prowein Mumbai. He joined the Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) as a judge  in 2022.

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