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Conversations with IWBS – Sarah Heller, MW

Sarah HELLER, MW is among the few and the youngest female to have passed the prestigious MW exam, and the youngest overall in this part of the world. Based out of Hong Kong, Sarah has been working with wines in her capacity as a partner-cum-buyer for Almasy Collection, faculty for Vinitaly International Academy, designer with Lucaris and wine editor for

Conversation With IWBS – Atish Fernandes

Atish Fernandes is the quintessential Goan, one who likes to ensures that fun is primary in everything he is a part of – fun not just for him but everyone in the mix. This innate hospitality trait has led I’m through an illustrious career in the travel industry and then he went on to open the famous Joseph Bar in

Conversations with IWBS – Sam Stephens

He may not look it but Sam STEPHENS has over two decades of experience in the wine trade, spanning roles and continents. A WSET diploma-holder Sam is also undertaking the MW journey. As the brand ambassador for the region for Treasury Wine Estates Sam oversees activities for brands like Penfolds, a position he has previously handled for Europe. Here are


Conversation With IWBS – Kevin Rodrigues

There are some sommeliers who know how to infect others with their passion for the liquid and the craft that is not becoming a rewarding profession. One amongst them is Kevin Rodrigues, a humble Mumbai lad with a charming smile and that precious virtue, curiosity. His comrades respect him for his simplicity and insatiable passion. Team IWBS learns about his


Conversation With IWBS – Minakshi Singh

Minakshi SINGH is the youthful component of the old guard of the beverage industry. Having honed her skills for over 15 years by being at the helm of various top liquor brands in the country, Minakshi has a keen eye for consumer trends and international novelties and a sensibility to connect the two. Her experience as a co-owner of some

Angad Soni

Conversation with IWBS – Angad Soni

Angad SONI, the man leading the Sepoy & Co tonic “regiment”, is a young man of old-age refinements. He started off in business (something entirely un-F&B related) and somewhere down the line, the passion for drinks and taste veered him onto this current path. And no matter how rickety the path of pursuing F&B in India, he has always been

Kainaz Contractor

Conversation With IWBS – Kainaz Contractor

Kainaz is a B. Com graduate by education, restaurant manager by training and food writer by profession always wanted to run her own restaurant, ever since she could remember. Her dream of running a restaurant made her decide that she would spend her 20’s learning about all aspects of a restaurant. Her dream has come true in the shape of


Conversations With IWBS – Nitin Tewari

Nitin Tewari aka Mr. BarTrender is undoubtedly India’s favourite mixologist. As one of the leading lights in some of the popular cocktail bars in New Delhi, Nitin has worked with some of India’s most highly recognised bars and restaurants and consulted for setups across the globe. Nitin was also the brain behind the bespoke cocktails at prestigious events like the IIFA


Conversations With IWBS – Priyanka Blah

Priyanka hails from the hill town of Shillong and is the founder of beverage platform Dram Attic, is also in charge of sales of a few international craft spirits brand across MEA, Russia, CIS, the Baltic states, and Iceland.In her time, she has worn many hats. An ex musician, artist manager, music journalist, and content lead for big international brands,

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