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#TippleTalk - Ethics of Respekt

#TippleTalk – Ethics of Respekt

Everything in nature lives by give and take – Goethe This simple yet deep sentence forms part of the core beliefs of the Respekt group, a collection of winemakers, all Austrian (for now), who wished to depart from the more conventional ways of winemaking and shift focus back to Mother Nature. I cant resist asking people as to what does

An Apple A Day

An Apple A Day

The new-age drinkers, dominated by millennials, are moving towards lesser but healthier drinking. An emotional connect with their drams is highly desired. And there’s no better way to establish this connect with something we’ve grown up relishing. Being the world’s third largest producer of apples, introducing a hip cider brand in Indian is the perfect idea. Ciders may not ring a bell for many

#52Drinks52Weeks - Sauvignon Blanc Day

#52Drinks52Weeks – Sauvignon Blanc Day

Happy Birthday Sauvignon Blanc!! It’s the International Sauvignon Blanc Day and the two baldies, Sommelier Gagan SHARMA and Magandeep SINGH, can’t decide which way their argument is going to go. While one loves the varietal, that was born in the wilderness of Loire Valley in France, the other sees it quite jacketed and dimensional, be it from Bordeaux, Marlborough, California,

Conversations With IWBS - Atul Tiwari

Conversations With IWBS – Atul Tiwari

Atul Tiwari, Food & Beverage Manager at The Oberoi, Mumbai. A graduate of IHM, Dehradun, Atul has over a decade of experience in the hospitality space. He defines himself as a gourmet aficionado and it is this passion that keeps him hunting down latest food and beverage trends across the world. A winner at the ‘7th Indian Sommelier Championship’ held

#TippleTalk - Hospitality and The Corona Effect

#TippleTalk – Hospitality and The Corona Effect

Today, it would be pure speculation to try and evaluate just how the hospitality industry will fare in the wake of the Corona virus. No matter how many webinars we attend or however many industry experts weigh in, the eventual truth remains that none of us will know how to react to the situation till we are in a position

52 Drinks 52 Weeks Old Monk

#52Drinks52Weeks – Old Monk

This is going to be the only video you’ll ever need to watch to learn it all about the Unofficial National Drink of India – Old Monk Not many drinks in India have a legacy going back to the British Raj. The story begins in the 1830s when two Englishmen started India’s first few breweries – Edward Dyer and H.

Conversations With IWBS - Pankaj Balachandran

Conversations With IWBS – Pankaj Balachandran

Sommelier, hotelier, restaurateur, and entrepreneur are all professions that can be linked with Pankaj Balachandran. But really, he is a salesman at heart. Pankaj has come outside the hotel world to play a dual role of running an entrepreneurial venture and a new stand- alone cocktail bar called Hoots’. He offers a range of consulting services, promising upgrading the industry

#TippleTalk- remuage

#TippleTalk – Remauge

Imagine yourself in the 1600s. Shahjahan has just completed CONSTRUCTING the magnificent Taj Mahal. Doesn’t that call for a toast? What’s better to pop open than a bottle of bubbly. But, here’s a problem. It’ll be cloudy, rustic, murky, and full of sediments? How’d you make it look like the modern day bubbly then? Would you appreciate if your glass

What's Happening at Indian Wineries During Lockdown?

Indian Wineries Under COVID-19 Lockdown

Early in the first week of March, Team IWBS visited India’s wine epicentre, the Nashik Valley in Maharashtra. And what a fantastic experience it was! While for Sahil MISRA it was his first taste of the wine capital of the country, Gagan SHARMA had the experiences of 2009 and 2014 to draw comparisons from (more on that later). But just

#52Drinks52Weeks - Malbec

#52Drinks52Weeks – Malbec

With foggy origins, somewhere between Bordeaux and Bourgogne, Malbec hasn’t had the best of starts in France. After losing its spot in Bordeaux it moved to Cahors, and Loire, before it backpacked to Argentina and finally found its true home. Now, it is a national symbol there and a every 17th April is celebrated as the World Malbec Day. Sommelier