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Lalit Rane

Conversation With IWBS – Lalit Rane

Tell us about your journey from Bharti Vidyapeeth College of Hotel Management to becoming a Certified Sommelier? After getting selected in campus, 2010, I had started my career with The Oberoi, Mumbai as an associate for 18 months and then for 1 year as a bartender post that I worked with Marriott moved up the ladder from Food and Beverage

Conversations with IWBS - Laurent Guiraud

Conversations with IWBS – Laurent Guiraud

It’s in the year 2015 that I made my career shift. As Vatel was entering India the university was looking for someone to implement and kick start the programme. I think my name came up as I was French and so was Vatel and my cultural ambivalence acquired over the years spent in India helped me a lot to frame

Conversations with IWBS - Prarrthona Pal Chowdhury

Conversations with IWBS – Prarrthona Pal Chowdhury

Currently the Business Head for India – TWG Tea, the Global Luxury Tea Brand from Singapore. Prior to this I was the Country Manager, Indian Sub-continent for the French Luxury Liquor major Rémy Cointreau. I operate essentially in the Luxury Beverage space. I was inducted into the spirits trade by Pernod Ricard and learnt my wines from Sula Vineyards and

Conversations with IWBS - Team Siqera

Conversations with IWBS – Team Siqera

Siqera is the first craft cidery for the nation and has thus launched the category for others to follow! And it helps that their produce is exceptionally yummy!As team Siqera says, “We won’t bottle what we don’t enjoy!” So here is a brief virtual one-on-one with the trio behind the fermented apple (and mango flavoured) beverages themselves. What inspired you

52 Drinks 52 Weeks - Cabernet Sauvignon

52 Drinks 52 Weeks – Cabernet Sauvignon

The birthday of monarch of red grapes, Cabernet Sauvignon is approaching on the 30th of August. Here are few snippets for all the vino enthusiasts out there The Personality It grows with relative easy in any place moderately warm, it has a thick skin, resistance to disease, modest yields, easy ripening, and lovely luscious wines made this an early crowd

Conversations with IWBS - Ruma Singh

Conversations with IWBS – Ruma Singh

I was a full time journalist working for a national daily before I quit to write about wine, and I now freelance on wine. I have been the first (and only!) woman president of the Bangalore Wine Club. I am currently working to finish my WSET Diploma (COVID permitting). I enjoy visiting wine regions whenever I can – nothing like first hand knowledge –

52 Drinks 52 Weeks - Viognier

52 Drinks 52 Weeks – Viognier

The grape that has risen from its ashes, Viognier is gaining popularity the world over, again. Though Norther Rhone is its hotspot, other countries including India are adopting the varietal and giving it a hermitage. Our sommeliers Gagan SHARMA + Magandeep SINGH share its story and taste a few.

52 Drinks 52 Weeks - Baijiu

52 Drinks 52 Weeks – Baijiu

The most consumed spirit on the planet, Baijiu, is more than just a shooter or a local Chinese spirits. It is complex and has many shades. The bald sommeliers – Gagan SHARMA + Magandeep SINGH discuss its journey and production, and Rohan MATMARY fixes his take on the spirit with a Hongkong Martini.

Conversations with IWBS - Rakshay Dhariwal

Conversations with IWBS – Rakshay Dhariwal

Rakshay Dhariwal is a Delhi based entrepreneur, whose ventures focus on luxury-lifestyle in the hospitality industry. He started his career in 2008 with Ayurvedic Wellness Centers in Delhi. In 2012 he made his mark on the F&B industry in India by launching the award winning speakeasy-styled cocktail bar, PCO. He has interests in the luxury beauty and grooming space with a Salon

Conversations with IWBS - Pimm's

52 Drinks 52 Weeks – Pimm’s

The queen loves it, tennis stars vibe on it, and the Brits brought its ration on voyages to India, the red-brown digestive made to cure digestive issues at an oyster bar in 1840s London is now a staple at homes and summery soirees. Our baldies get in to narrate is story and Ani Sharma puts together a No. 1 cup