As record-breaking temperatures sweep the country, staying hydrated is the need of the hour and what better way to cool yourself than throwing your feet up and relaxing with a chilled glass of wine.
Ajoy Shaw, chief winemaker at Sula Vineyards recommends his top picks from the House of Sula and also its import arm Sula Selections.
Sula’s Riesling is bright, citrusy and perfect for Indian summers. Its fruity aroma coupled with hints of green apples, grapefruit, peach and honey make it the perfect choice for the rising temperatures. Best enjoyed well chilled, Riesling is versatile in its ability to be paired with food because of its balance of sugar and acidity. It pairs really well with Indian food and also Thai and Chinese cuisines. Sula Riesling is also a hit as it pairs with green vegetables, salads and fish (cooked as well as raw). This wine recently won a gold medal on the food and wine pairing front in the India Wine Awards.
Hardys Stamp Chardonnay Semillon
A lovely blend of Chardonnay and Semillon, the wine is fresh and fruity, with a hint of oak — clean, crisp finish and perfect for summers. A chilled glass of Hardys Stamp Chardonnay Semillon pairs wonderfully well with light and delicate food such as raw and lightly cooked crab and prawns, steamed or grilled fish, steamed dim sums. It also pairs well with dishes that have sweet or sour flavours. The Stamp range of wines are famous for being fruit forwarded.
Chablis by Bouchard Aine&Fils
Originating from the Chablis wine district in the Burgundy region in France and from the house of Bouchard Aine&Fils, Chablis is an elegant wine with notes of fresh hazelnuts and a touch of peach. Fresh and well-balanced, Chablis has a dense structure and a long-lasting mineral finish and pairs well with oysters, white meat dishes, chicken in a cream sauce, shellfish, crayfish and goat cheese.
A slightly sweet and very fruity bubbly with attractive aromas of nectarine, water melon, soft white fruits and deep-scented white flowers, Sula’s Seco Rosé is a lively, light, refreshing wine, perfect as an aperitif in the summer. It pairs beautifully with spicy food — a wide variety of Indian cuisine! It is a great wine for cocktails too. ValenSeco — a mix of Sula Seco Rose and Raw Pressery’s cold-pressed orange juice is a must-try and a perfect drink for a summer afternoon!