Started my career as a Customs Officer. During my free time I was driven towards understanding the beauty of wine and spirits. As a passionate wine enthusiast and spirits connoisseur, I educated myself by reading on different styles of spirits and wine. Kept this interesting passion growing along with work.
1990 - 2017
During this period, I decided to take my hobby to the next level. I completed online certification courses in Wine Tasting & Sensory Evaluation from UC Davis, California. I added short time courses in understanding different Spirits such as Vodka, Gin, Whisk(e)y, Liqueurs from Udemy the online portal. I completed Wine, Beer and Whisky Tours at Robert Mondavi, California / New Glarus Brewery Wisconscin / Paul John Single Malt Distillery Goa respectively. These short courses alongwith self study by watching youtube videos on wine and spirits, attending wine and spirits systematic approach to tasting sessions and workshops definitely added the motivation to decide on taking a voluntary retirement from the service and plunge into the hobby full time.
2018 - 2019
Voluntary Retirement from Government Service
Finally on 10th November 2019, I took voluntary retirement from the Government Service, where I worked as an Assistant Commissioner of Customs & CGST, in the beautiful state of Goa. Though it was a tough call, but aim to pursue my hobby as an Wine & Spirits Enthusiast was now real. It was now time to plan out my second innings very systematically and with full vigour and spirit.
November - 2019
Started my first outing in the month of February 2020 when I decided to take Winery tour of Nashik & covered a number of wineries right from Sula to Grover Zampa. Taking it a step forward I completed the WSET Level 2 certification. With lockdown conditions, it is now time to dwell into continuous online learning and watching online tasting sessions by the masters in the field of wine and spirits.