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How to become a wine expert

Can’t tell a dry wine from a desert wine? Here’s your chance to become an expert on the drink of the gods.

india Updated: Jan 01, 2012 01:26 IST
Chetan Dua
Chetan Dua
Hindustan Times

Can’t tell a dry wine from a desert wine? Here’s your chance to become an expert on the drink of the gods.

Tulleeho Wine Academy
Started by business consultant Vikram Achanta and advertising professional Krishna Nagraj in 2000, the academy has three level courses in wine tasting approved by the Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET), London. Wine enthusiasts can go for the day-long Level one course where they can learn to recognise different wines, smell their aroma and know their preference. Pairing different dishes with wines is an important part of the course. The food and beverage aficionados can opt for level two and three, which require a week-long commitment.
Next Batch: February 12
Where: The Parkland, E-19, Defence Colony
Price: Rs 9,930 for Level 1

WineIndian Wine Academy

Learn the secret of serving, tasting and storing wines from Subhash Arora, founder president of Indian Wine Academy since 2003. In an informal setting, Subhash holds two-hour sessions that stretches to three to four hours according to the interest of the group. Having judged about 20 international wine competitions like India Wine Challenge (London and Delhi), Subhash feels that wine is an acquired taste, and he would like to educate people about it. Passionate about wines, he does not mind holding a session at his home or restaurant for a group of 10 to 20.

Next Batch: January 21

When: 11:30am to 1:30pm

Where: A-458, Defence Colony

Price: Rs 1,500

Bacchus Bekons
The wine club at Shangri-La’s Eros hotel has more than 300 members since its inception in 2007. Consultant sommelier Harshal Shah shares the origins and tasting techniques for the wine for the day. Executive chef Darren Conole shares his inputs on food pairing with a group of 25-30 guests as they try a number of appetizers with the wine. Wine dinners are hosted on special occasions.
Next Session: January 13
When: Alternate Fridays; 7pm to 11pm
Where: 19, Oriental Avenue, Shangri La’s Eros Hotel, Ashoka Road
Price: Rs 2,000 to 5,000 per session or 011-41196121

Wine Forays
Sommelier Gaurav Anand has been conducting full-day wine tasting sessions for the wine enthusiasts and connoisseurs for the past two years. Certified by WSET, London, the session includes knowing your wines better, storing and serving, tasting and identifying a faulty wine. The evening sessions, organised by Anand, are more casual. During this sessions, a four-course oriental dinner is paired with wine.
Next Day Session: February 12; 10am to 7pm
Price: Rs 10,000 per person
Where: To be decided
Next Evening session: January 19; 7.30pm to 10.30pm
Price: Rs 2,500
Where: Kylin Premier Restaurant, Ambience Mall, Vasant Kunj

Institute of Wine and Beverage Studies
Brainchild of wine taster and writer Magandeep singh, the institute is set to organise courses running from one day to nine weeks. It’s designed under Wine and Beverage Solutions People. Beginners can opt for one day course by sommelier Gagan Sharma and Gurjeet Barry while professionals can go for the intensive level two (four weeks) or level three (nine weeks) course to be certified as a beverage master or sommelier.
Next Session (Day Taster): February 5
Price: Rs 2,000
Next Session (level one, WSET): January 29
Price: Rs 8,900
Where: Institute of Wine and Beverage Studies, Shooting Range Road, Sangam Vihar, Tughlaqabad

First Published: Dec 31, 2011 17:54 IST