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Conversations with IWBS - Harish Acharekar

Conversations with IWBS – Harish Acharekar

Harish Acharekar ‘Winner ‘ of the 8th Indian Sommelier Championship, 2015 is currently the trade ambassador for Bacardi India. He is amongst the first sommeliers of the country certified by the Court of Master Sommeliers. With over a decade of work experience under his belt, Harish has worked as the General Manager at The Table Restaurant, Marketing Manager for Brindco


#52Drinks52Weeks – Vermouth

Vermouths are fortified + aromatised wines that are flavoured with herbs/ citrus/ flowers/ wormwood, sweetened with sugar or caramel and spiked with grape spirit or brandy The drink was originally marketed as a medicinal drink. Now, it has evolved to became a celebrated aperitif, served on its own. ORIGINS Some believe its origins can be traced to China in the

Conversations With IWBS - Abhas Saxena

Conversations with IWBS – Abhas Saxena

Abhas has been in the world of wines since over a decade and has served in various aspects of the wine industry but hotels/restaurants remain the major one. He is a Certified Sommelier from the Court of Master Sommeliers (among the first ones to have done it while working in India) and, more importantly, was the winner of the 10th

#TippleTalk - Terroirist

#TippleTalk – Terroirist

The title of this story isn’t a typo and nor is it intentionally misspelt. The word derives from Terroir, the word that has been at the root of all French wine marketing and consequently adopted worldwide, the one word which can create hierarchy and ranks in any wine region, and that one word which is most hated and misunderstood than

#52Drinks52Weeks - World Cocktail Day

#52Drinks52Weeks – World Cocktail Day

20 industry luminaries come together to celebrate the drink that keeps us afloat – Cocktails! Team IWBS raises its glasses and pays tribute to those behind the stick, who make the world more animated (and sane) with their fantastic mixes. A day where every hour is a happy hour. Cheers!!

Conversations With IWBS - Devati Basumallick

Conversations With IWBS – Devati Basumallick

Devati started as a STEP associate with the Oberoi Group of Hotels and Resorts in 2012. Post which she completed the management training at the Oberoi Centre of Learning and Development, specialising in Food and Beverage, training across hotels in Gurgaon, Jaipur, Bombay and Delhi. Her first job was at the Oberoi Bengaluru as a Bar and Beverage Manager there

#TippleTalk - Romancing Indian Cuisine

#TippleTalk – Romancing Indian Cuisine

Indian food is many things. It is historic, exotic, imaginative, filling, familial…many things to many people. And yet, it is never one thing: romantic. Of all the Avatars that Indian cuisines have enjoyed the world over, the are still not the obvious choice when it comes to a memorable meal for couples. For the country that gave the world its

#52Drinks52Weeks - Wheat Beer

#52Drinks52Weeks – Wheat Beer

THE BEGINNING Beer has been around for over 6000 years. Mahabharata is said to have taken place after that. And imagine the Pyramids of Giza, Egypt, came in even later. It was the rule then to drink 5 litres of beer per day as a part of your job. Not just there, beer was often used as a currency to

Conversations With IWBS - Pratik Angre

Conversations With IWBS – Pratik Angre

Pratik Angre is known sommelier on the Mumbai circuit. From IHM Mumbai, to Taj Hotels in Pune and then to Mumbai, to making his way to chain of restaurants with Massive Restaurants, to taking over the Beverage Management role at Gauri Devidayal’s enterprise, he has worn many hats. He’s been the winner at the coveted Indian Sommelier Championship, and travelled

#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