On May 3, India will complete 40 days of lockdown – which is exactly what the word quarantine means. Before we adjust to the new normal in the days ahead, here’s a curated list of courses, workshops, sessions that you can attend or enquire about online before the lockdown ends.
Learn about wines with Gargi Kothari
Wine geek Gargi Kothari is holding weekly Zoom classes on all things wine. From Bordeaux and Tuscany wines to lesser known grape varietals, the sessions will cover exactly one aspect of wine-making. Held every Saturday from 6 to 7 PM, the sessions are called Virtual Vine and priced at INR 499 for each session with 10% of the proceeds from each class going to NRAI’s Feed The Needy initiative. RSVP on 9819957942 to register. Check here Instagram post for details here.
Join an advanced bartending course
Santosh Kukreti is one of the most recognized bartenders in the Indian hospitality scene while his Instagram feed is a riot of crazy experiments and boozy knowledge. It’s probably little wonder that he’s gone on from Thirsty City 127 as head bartender to starting B.art.tenders, an advanced bartending course for beginners and professionals alike. Admissions are currently open for the inaugural batch that are being conducted online until the lockdown ends. RSVP on 9768878239 or 9082297858 to register.
Learn all about saké from Sonal Holland
Free! Yes, this is the only course from our list that’s free to attend and learn. India’s only Master of Wine Sonal Holland will be conducting a series of Instagram Lives on her account to teach curious drinkers all about Saké, the popular Japanese drink that everyone must try at least once in their lives. The sessions will be held at 5 PM every day from April 20 to April 25. No need to register, just turn up and watch the live sessions.
Get a crash course in eight different spirits
Join sommelier and cognac educator Ajit Balgi to learn about eight different spirits over the course of eight days starting April 20. To be held online at 6 PM every day, the spirits covered include vodka, gin, rum, brandy, tequila, whisky, world whiskies, aperitifs and liqueurs for an hour each. The entire module costs INR 800 plus GST and covers history, production and different aspects of the spirit during each session. RSVP on 9930771739 for register.
Wine and Spirits Masterclass with Nikhil Agarwal
If you’ve ever thought you need to learn more about Scotch whisky but didn’t know where to go, then this is where the buck stops. Sommelier Nikhil Agarwal will take participants through the fundamentals of Scotch whisky, wine and food pairing, gin and beer in a personalised one-on-one or small group setting. Call All Things Nice on 9820698883 to register.
Extra: Recipes For Lockdown
Join this Facebook group where members share what can be made with available ingredients whilst we’re dealing with the lockdown. This is not a course per se but as you scroll you’ll find something of value that you can use the next time you’re in the kitchen. This inspiring group, created by Caferati’s Peter Griffin is worth checking out. Join the group here.
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Priyanko Sarkar is the Founder Editor of Gurgl.in. He has been a writer for over 15 years and this site is his attempt to document India's growing beverage sector with impactful and interesting stories. His favourite drink is Vietnamese Coffee and his favourite spirit is Turkish Raki.