26 May 2023
In our ever-changing world, there are individuals whose expertise and passion have led them to make significant contributions and change the way we perceive and interact with the world around us – I would consider myself one of those, the Elon Musk of water.
Among these high-value individuals are water sommeliers, much like me, and professionals who have emerged as influential figures, championing the importance of water and its diverse qualities. In this blog, we will explore the unique role of what I do, in shaping our understanding and appreciation of water.
I call myself a pioneer for one reason alone, I transform the approach and appreciation of water. Through extensive knowledge and a refined palate, I have elevated water to a status previously reserved for wines and spirits. By curating water menus, conducting tastings, and consulting on the “right water for the right purpose”, I have reshaped the perceptions of this essential resource, turning it into a subject of curiosity and discernment.
When you understand the different sources and regions, water reveals its distinct characteristics, creating the concept of terroir.
Creating Conscious Connections
When we actively engage with our surroundings, we establish a conscious connection that transforms our perceptions.
When we apply this to water, we can find numerous opportunities to connect to this resource. This is the place we want to achieve in the world of water, where we become deliberate and conscious of water.
I was interviewed this week, and asked, “Water is often considered a basic necessity, yet you specialize in elevating water to an art form. Do you believe your work contributes to the deeper understanding of our relationship with this vital resource (water)?” Here’s what I said:
My role holds immense significance in driving the necessary change concerning water. After all, how can we value something we do not understand? My purpose is to initiate conversations, raise awareness, assign value, and make water an accessible and relatable topic for everyone. Despite the declaration of water as a basic human right in 2010, we still lack an emotional connection and appreciation for this vital resource – a pressing global issue. Throughout our education, we learned about the water cycle but neglected to explore its diverse qualities, such as distinct tastes and mineral compositions, which directly contribute to its nutritional value. It is evident that our education system requires a reboot as well. By coming together as a collective, we can solve problems more efficiently than relying solely on individual resources. One quote by Keith Ferrazzi resonates with me: “I realized that it wasn’t a lack of financial resources; it was isolation from the kind of people who could make you more of yourself.” I apply this principle to water every day – how can I establish a network of individuals who can proactively propel the water industry forward at an exponential rate?
Until next week.
17 May 2023
The beverage industry has witnessed a fascinating shift in consumer preferences, with a growing demand for unique and alcohol-free alternatives. The shift has given rise to the emergence of water sommeliers and the concept of sober bars, redefining the art of mixology.
While most people consider water a simple, tasteless liquid, water sommeliers beg to differ. These experts have made it their mission to explore the vast array of flavours, textures, and aromas found in different types of water. Similar to wine or coffee sommeliers, water sommeliers undergo extensive training to develop a refined palate capable of discerning the subtleties within carious waters.
Water tastings led by sommeliers offer participants a unique experience where they can discover the distinct characteristics of different water sources. From mineral content to pH levels and even regional terroir, water tasting provide a new appreciation for this vital resource. The expertise of water sommeliers has brought attention to the importance of quality water and education around this, encouraging responsible and informed consumption.
As the trend of mindful drinking gains momentum, the concept of sober bars has gained popularity. These establishments offer a vibrant social environment without the presence of alcohol. Sober bars are dedicated to creating sophisticated, alcohol-free alternatives that cater to patrons seeking exceptional and inventive drinks without the intoxicating effects.
At sober bars, skilled mixologists explore a vast array of ingredients to craft complex, non-alcoholic cocktails. These beverages are meticulously designed to offer intriguing flavours, textures, and presentation, ensuring a memorable experience for guests. From botanical-infused concoctions to exotic fruit blends and artisanal cocktails, the menu at a sober bar is an exploration of creativity and craftsmanship.
Water sommeliers and sober bars converge in their dedication to offering unique and refined beverage experiences. By selecting the right water for each drink, they enhance the overall sensory experience, creating a harmonious balance of flavours.
The incorporation of water-tasting events or education sessions within sober bars can provide patrons with a deeper understanding and appreciation for water.
As the beverage landscape continues to evolve, water sommeliers are here to transform the art of mixology. When these two worlds intersect, they offer a refreshing twist on traditional bar experiences. So whether you’re a connoisseur looking to explore the depths of tasting water r seeking a sophisticated water space, or experience, embracing a water sommelier is sure to leave you delighted and inspired.
Cheers to a new era of mindful drinking!