Let’s put this into perspective. Statistically speaking, there are less than 400 Master of Wine (MW) around the world since the institute was founded in 1955, with the objective of creating the highest echelon of wine professionals. Whereas, nearly 5,000 people have conquered Mount Everest, since Sir Edmund Hilary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay first scaled the treacherous peak in 1953.
The journey to becoming a MW is one of grit, passion, commitment, stupendous hard work, and of course, a lot of wine. The limited availability of wine and tasting opportunities in India posed a real challenge to Sonal, who was perceived to be at a disadvantage when compared to her global peers.