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IWFS Bombay (India)
The Bombay Branch of the International Wine and Food Society was established in June 2006 by ‘the 3 hags’, as they called themselves...Nihal Kaviratne, who whilst selling toothpaste and detergents around the world for Unilever picked up the wine habit; is a member of the St James's branch in London and was instrumental in re-introducing the IWFS to India after a 50 year absence. He was the founding President of the Bombay Branch. Rahul Akerkar who is arguably India's most celebrated Chef, studied Chemical Engineering at Columbia University in the US when he discovered his true calling working his way, for pocket money, through the kitchens of many a celebrated New York Chef. The trio was completed by Sanjay Menon who pioneered the import of fine wine to the country and thinks of himself as the country’s biggest Oenophile; at least one journalist has called him wine's evangelist to the country. Ajit Singh, the immediate Past President, and a few others were invited to join the Branch as Founding Members. Jai Hiremath is the current President.
The city of Bombay was officially renamed ‘Mumbai’ in 1995. However, members were keen to maintain the pre-existing name of Bombay for their Branch.
An average of 6 meetings is held each year. These are some of the highlights:
Syrah versus Shiraz
The Second Wine of Bordeaux Cru Classe
Eyes Wide Shut
Roses & Tar
High Road to DRC
Apart from attending local branch functions, members of the Bombay Branch also have the opportunity to attend the various Regional and International Festivals hosted by IWFS around the world.
Membership of the Bombay Branch is by invitation only and currently has a wait list. However, if you have a serious interest in wine and food, and are interested in being considered for inclusion on our wait list, please click on Contact Us and let us know something about yourself as well as how we might contact you.