Ep. 28: The Making of Reveilo Wines

In this episode of The Drinks & Destinations Podcast, hosts Rojita & Sameera chat with the team behind Reveilo Wines, one of the premium wine producers in India. The owners Kiran & Yatin Patil are joined by their Italian wine maker Andrea Valentinuzzi for the first time in a conversation with any media platform. They share their stories, starting the company Vintage wines, why did they decide to produce only single varietal wines and also to be the ones to introduce Italian varietals in India, how the wine consumer in the country has evolved in the last few years. Yatin Patil who is also the President of the All India Wine Producers Association, talks about the future of the wine industry in India. To learn more, hit play and listen to the podcast here. Also send us your feedback and queries on drinksanddestinations@gmail.com.

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Ep. 27: Negroni Week & CMB 2017

It's time to celebrate Negroni Week with one of our favourite drinks Campari. The international cocktail event which is celebrated in bars and restaurants across the globe has been a big hit in India too. As the official podcast partner of the event, we are not only talking about Negroni as a cocktail and the noble cause behind it, we are also actively participating in the preview event. In this episode, hosts Rojita and Sameera chat with Rajesh Israni, GM Marketing, Aspri Spirits, the importer of Campari in India in the D & D Chat segment. In the segment 'On the Grapevine' they talk about the international wine competition Concours Mondial de Bruxelles, the 24th edition that took place in May in Valladolid, Spain. What really makes it a world class competition, the role of a judge and how wines are judged blind, all that and more. Hit PLAY and listen to the episode here. You can also send in your suggestions and feedback on drinksanddestinations@gmail.com.

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Ep. 26: Austrian Wines & World Whisky Day

In this episode of The Drinks & Destinations Podcast hosts Rojita and Sameera talk about the wine regions in Austria. The Austrian Wine Marketing Board which organises a wine summit every alternative year for international journalists also decided to host the European sommelier championship this year. We have a chat with Willi Klinger, MD, Austrian Wine Marketing Board talking about wines of Austria, different grape varieties, and the region. Later the hosts discuss World Whisky Day and how the world celebrates whisky on 20th May. Yangdup Lama, the newly appointed American Whiskey Ambassador in India talks about the relevance of this day and how American Whiskey cocktails are the new trend. Hit Play and listen to the episode. You can also write to us on drinksanddestinations@gmail.com.

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(Rebroadcast) EP 14 : Bizarre and Weird Drinks From around the World

Wine made with Saliva, Baby mice, Snake or a drink made by mixing beer with milk. They may sound bizarre to you but our world is full of surprises. In this episode of the Drinks & Destinations Podcast hosts, Rojita & Sameera bring to you some of the weirdest drinks which you may or may not have heard of. Hit play and tune into the episode now to know more about these drinks. If we have missed out on some, do write to us and let us know at drinksanddestinations@gmail.com.

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Ep. 25: Natural Cork vs. Other Closures

In this episode of the drinks and destinations podcast hosts Rojita and Sameera talk about the caps and closures industry. Different options such as natural cork, screw caps, synthetic corks, glass closures etc. and the kind of impact they have on a bottle of wine. Rojita speaks to Carlos de Jesus, Marketing Director of the leading global natural cork producing company Amorim, Portugal in the D & D chat segment. And in the Wine 101 segment, the hosts share tips on how to identify wine faults and the different kinds of faults that you may find in wine. So next time when someone asks you if you can tell whether a wine is corked or oxidized, you know where you got your answers from. Hit play and listen to the episode here for more such wine knowledge. Do write to us on drinksanddestinations@gmail.com.

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Ep. 24: The Perfect Glassware

How often do you find yourself in search of the right glassware to serve your favourite drink? Should you serve wine in a regular glass or a crystal? What is the Aerlumer technology? In this episode of the Drinks & Destinations Podcast, you will find all the answers. Hosts Rojita and Sameera talk about the new Desire Collection of crystals from Lucaris and also share tips on how to take care of your expensive glassware. In the D & D Chat segment, Rojita talks to Robin Coupar, the Global Brand Ambassador of Gruppo Campari, about the company's newly launched award winning single malt brand called Glen Grant in India. Hit play and listen to the episode here. For queries and feedback do write to us at drinksanddestinations@gmail.com.

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Ep. 23: Studying Wines & Spirits

On this episode of the Drinks & Destinations podcast we chat with co-founder of http://tulleeho.com/.
Tulleeho is a provider of beverage education and training services in India, addressing the hospitality industry, the end consumer and the hospitality student.

Some tidbits from the episode:

Sameera- what is tulleho?
Vikram- It is a state of mind. But moving on it began as a website back in the first .com boom and bust that happened in 1999-2000 and it evolved from there to becoming a drinks training and consulting firm which it is today. We provide a range of training services around beverages, catering for professional as well as consumers who want to pick up finer aspects of drinking/drinking out in terms of cocktail making workshops, wine tasting sessions, learning about whisky/beer and not only alcoholic beverages but we also work with non alcoholic beverage companies and provide services to them in terms of training and development for their brand.

Rojita- what is the weirdest drink u've tasted?
Vikram- when i was in Alaska last year and was in this fishing village called Ketchikan, i tasted Seafood Bloodymary!!

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Ep. 22: The Fine Wine Affair, Chandon Party Starter Anthem & De Bortoli wines in India

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This week on The Drinks & Destinations podcast hosts Rojita & Sameera talk about lot of exciting events happening in the country: -Starting from Bangalore where the second edition of the event The Fine Wine Affair took place at The Oberoi Hotel and Madhulika Bhattacharya talks to us about it.
-The sparkling wine company Chandon, Moet Hennessey India launched "The Party Starter Anthem" in collaboration with Bollywood actress Sonam Kapoor and singer Anushka Manchanda.
- A chat with Darren Blood, the Export Manager, De Bortoli wines who is speaking about one of the De Bortoli wines 'The Noble One' once voted as the best dessert wine in the world.

Some tidbits from the episode are:

Sameera: "This was the launch of Chandon Party Starter Anthem which took place at Aer, Four Seasons Hotel, Mumbai and what were the highlights over there, Sonam Kapoor & Anushka Manchanda!!"

Rojita: "Yes, it was so much fun. Thankully it was a beautiful evening when the event took place and just gets you into the party mode and it was the perfect place to host a party and an event like this. So this event was interesting as Chandon has been working on this concept for a very long time basically something that would get everyone in the groove of partying and associate Chandon as a brand whenever u party. "

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Ep. 21: Indian craft beer fest, Anteprime di Toscana and a whisky by Guinness

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This episode presents a round-up of events, happenings and major announcements in the month of February. India's only craft beer fest 'Tapped' had it's second edition celebrated in Mumbai. And, host Rojita also celebrated her 5th visit to Italy's most iconic wine event Anteprime di Toscana which takes place in Tuscany every year. She shares her chats with the heads of the Tuscan wine consortiums in the D & D chat section in this episode. Rojita & Sameera also talk about the big announcement from the house of Guinness. To listen to all that and a lot more, tune in to the episode here. Also you can write to us on drinksanddestinations@gmail.com

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Ep. 20:Why You Need To Travel To Portugal This Year

Portugal is one of the oldest geographically demarcated countries and the 5th most peaceful country in the world. It has given us the word 'TEA' and wines like 'PORT' and 'VINHO VERDE'. Portugal is also the sunshine country of Europe with endless places to explore. The food and drinks, the nightlife, the special day celebrating port wines #PortWineDay and the stunning terraced vineyards in Douro valley if all that is not enough do tune into this episode of the Drinks & Destinations Podcast where the hosts Rojita & Sameera will take you on a journey through this vibrant and colourful country in Europe.
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Ep. 19: Learning Wine Etiquettes with Suneeta Sodhi Kanga

Everyone has at least once gone through that awkward moment in life where it felt like a daunting task to dress up for a very formal event or to order a glass of wine from an extensive wine list of a fine dining place or the right ways to greet people. In this episode of The Drinks & Destinations Podcast Hosts Rojita & Sameera chat with Corporate Etiquette and grooming specialist Suneeta Sodhi Kanga about all the intricate nuances of presenting yourself as a gentleman/woman at a wine tasting, black tie dinner or just about anywhere. So Hit Play and listen to the episode here. We would love to get your feedback so do write to us on drinksanddestinations@gmail.com.

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Ep. 18: Experience of Buying Liquor in India

The experience of buying liquor in India is the most distinctive one especially for women. While in most parts of the country alcohol is still considered a taboo, the big cities and metros have seen a huge change in the retail format. One of the leading liquor retailers in Mumbai, Juben Wines was the pioneer in changing the look and feel of the stores. In this episode of The Drinks & Destinations Podcast, Satyam Savla, Co-Owner of Juben Wines chats with hosts Rojita & Sameera about how things have changed over the last few years and why it will still take us some time to reach the international standard. A store owner, liquor buyer or just someone wanting to get into the liquor retail space in India, must tune into the episode now! You can also write to us on drinksanddestinations@gmail.com.

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Ep. 17:Upcoming Food & Drinks Trends and Destination South East Asia with Antoine and Prashasti

This episode of The Drinks & Destinations Podcast is about the latest food trends in India, the favourite destinations for food and drinks and a very special insight into the travel scene in South East Asia. If you have plans of visiting Vietnam or Cambodia in the coming days, this episode has tips from food writer Prashasti Pandey sharing her personal experience of all the best places to visit for food and drinks there. The renowned Food writer and Radio Presenter Antoine Lewis chats with Hosts Rojita & Sameera about the latest restaurant formats which are here to stay and the ones which will die a slow death. He also talks about the issue of service charge in restaurants and all that you need to know about it. Hit Play and listen to the episode here. You can also send us your queries and suggestions on drinksanddestinations@gmail.com

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Ep. 16: Know All About SULAFEST'17 With Cecilia Oldne

In this special episode of the drinks and destinations podcast hosts Rojita and Sameera chat with Cecilia Oldne, VP Marketing and Global brand ambassador for Sula Vineyards. Joining us for the second time in the studio, she is going to talk about the preparations for 10th yr anniversary celebrations of SulaFest, the mega wine and music festival in the country. From artists line-up to major associations to the happening bars and fashion trends at the fest, we have all that and more in store for you in this episode. Hit play and listen to it now. Also for queries and feedback write to us at drinksanddestinations@gmail.com.

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Ep. 15: Spirits Talk With Arthur and Bernhard

This episode of The Drinks & Destinations Podcast is a very interesting one as hosts Rojita & Sameera chat with two international spirits experts Arthur Nägele and Bernhard Schäfer in the studio about different kinds of spirits, how to judge spirits in a blind tasting competition, how are the spirits such as Gin and Absinthe produced etc. They also demystify the stories around Absinthe as a drink causing hallucinations and the legend that spread this misconception. Hit play and listen to the stories about Gin and Absinthe. If you have a story to tell do share it with us on drinksanddestinations@gmail.com and we will talk about it on our future episodes.

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Ep. 14: Bizarre and Weird Drinks From around the World

Wine made with Saliva, Baby mice, Snake or a drink made by mixing beer with milk. They may sound bizarre to you but our world is full of surprises. In this episode of the Drinks & Destinations Podcast hosts, Rojita & Sameera bring to you some of the weirdest drinks which you may or may not have heard of. Hit play and tune into the episode now to know more about these drinks. If we have missed out on some, do write to us and let us know at drinksanddestinations@gmail.com.

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Ep. 13: Drinks Events in 2017

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This episode of The drinks and destinations podcast is about some major consumer and trade drinks events taking place across the globe which can help you plan a trip to these destinations all round the year. Hosts Rojita and Sameera share details of some fun events. So it's time to update that list of places to visit in 2017. Hit play and listen to the episode. For queries and suggestions write to us at drinksanddestinations@gmail.com.

Ep. 12: Holiday Season Special Part 2 & Travels in 2017

In this episode of The Drinks & Destinations Podcast host Rojita chats with Mae (host of Maed in India podcast) about some of the destinations to visit in 2017. They also talk about New Year's Eve parties and offer tips on how to survive house parties and avoid hangovers on the first day of the New Year. If you are planning to party hard this New Year's Eve this should prepare you for a fun time ahead. Hit Play and listen to the episode here. You can also send your ideas and suggestions and queries on drinksanddestinations@gmail.com. Wish you all a very Happy New Year.

Ep. 11: Holiday Season Special with Aneesh & Nikhil

The party season has just begun. It's also the time of the year when we look back at the trends that made headlines. In the first holiday season special episode of the drinks and destinations podcast hosts Rojita and Sameera discuss about some of the major Christmas and New Year parties to look forward to in Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore. In the D & D Chat section the hosts interact with the dynamic duo Aneesh Bhasin of HipCask and Nikhil Merchant of Nonchalant Gourmand about the drinks and food trends of 2016. Also in this episode we have our first in-house tasting of craft beer and Rye whiskey. So tune in to the episode here. You can also write to us on drinksanddestinations@gmail.com

Ep. 10: On The Wine Trail in India

Only a few decades ago India had its first winery and of course, back then wine tourism was a concept unheard of and unknown to many. But a lot has changed since then. Companies like Sula Vineyards, Soma Vine Village, YORK Winery, Fratelli Vineyards, Grover Zampa Wines, Chandon, Soma Bangalore and many more have contributed to this revolution. In this episode of The Drinks & Destinations Podcast, hosts Rojita & Sameera talk about the best wine tours to opt for, the wineries offering the best services etc. They also interact with the founder of Magic Cellars, a newly established company founded by Gargi Kothari who offers customised wine trails with lovely homestay options and tastings of fine wines and farm visits creating a wholesome experience. As the holiday season begins its the perfect time for you to pack your bags and go on a weekend wine trail. Discover all that and more by tuning in to the episode. Do send us your suggestions and queries on drinksanddestinations@gmail.com.