So what are the wine trends for next year? If you follow those like Jancis Robinson of the Financial Times, one of the best, most down-to-earth and cutting-edge writers and commentators on wine and wine trends around the world, you would have already expected a few of between them: Easier to drink, fresher wine, instead of woods, a growing fascination with local and heritage grape varieties instead of Merlots and Chardonnays. A huge discussion around soil and how individual vineyards translate into taste and finally, maybe, maybe, the fact that young consumers around the world could finally get away from what Robinson calls ” the tyranny of points “.
Many years ago, when I first met Robinson as a young food and wine writer, she made my copy calling a spade a spade and without mince words underlined just how important the wine world was. is like motorsport, with one-upmanship games being a constant.
It has not diminished at all during these years, and in India, where wine culture continues to be described as ’emerging’, these solemn games have become much more apparent, mostly confusing. potential drinkers, who should simply enjoy wine, discover their own tastes rather than worrying about posh values and strict rules of food and wine pairing.
I have always considered wine to be an individualistic drink. It’s (almost) the only alcohol I drink. But I drink for fun, not as motorsport. What you drink is primarily determined by your own palate, as well as the occasion and the company. You can sit with a solemn glass of red by the fireplace with maybe just a friend and a book or you can party with a versatile sparkling wine and enjoy both experiences equally.
One of the most interesting discoveries for me was that of the winegrowers’ champagnes, marked by their incredible freshness, their non-dosing and yet their structure and their aged finish in wood. I was lucky to have brought back a bottle. But on the other hand, you might still find enough to enjoy this Christmas in our own stables.
Here is my (very individualistic) list of Indian wines (in no particular order) that you could drink right now.
1. Fratelli Gran Cuvée Brut:
I prefer champagne (who doesn’t have one?) Over cava or prosecco because of the longer finish and the increased complexity you get in at least some of the non-vintage vintages and certainly in the prestige vintages. . But these are expensive wines and not always accessible. If you want an Indian sparkling, I would definitely choose the Fratelli brut. I love dry wines and Fratelli is as dry and sparkling as it gets in India, with a delicate, creamy finish. You can even serve it with cheese dough or risotto. Or drink it alone like I do. The best Indian sparkling wine, in my opinion.
2. Myra Shiraz Reserve
I met Ajay Shetty, a former banker turned wine entrepreneur in Bangalore about two years ago and tasted some of the Myra. Since then, I have been amazed at how far they seem to have gone. Shiraz is certainly one of my favorite red grape varieties, because of its spicy notes that one feels in the mouth. I observe that most red drinkers (not wine snobs) in India seem to be content with merlot. The expressions of the grapes, of course, differ depending on where they come from in the world (or India). But in general, I find the Merlots dull and tame. I like bigger wines than most, but even if you don’t drink one of the big labels, shiraz is a good option. Myra Reserve Shiraz is woody and yet it remains quite easy to drink and elegant. It’s generous on the fruit, which most Indians love (like me), and is profitable as well.
3. Krisma Sangiovese
Apart from Shiraz, the other reds that I am used to drinking are Sangiovese and Argentinian Malbec. Krsma, a winery near Bangalore by Krishna Prasad and Uma Chigurupati (he’s been making wine since the age of 17, she’s a microbiologist) has some great deals and I love their version of Sangiovese with its hints of spices and nuts.
4. Charosa Selections Sauvignon Blanc
Some of the smaller wineries have offered some very interesting wines over the past 2 years. The Nashik-based Charosa seems to be good with its whites, offers a good Viognier and a great Sauvignon Blanc if you feel like it.
5. Fratelli Sangiovese White
Among the offers of the biggest wineries, I am quite a fan of what Fratelli does. Sangiovese bianco is quite unusual because it is a white wine made from red grapes (only two other wineries apparently do this in the world). It has the structure that comes from a red, but is still light and crisp. I like it. You can also.
6. Sette 2011
Last year I did a blind parallel tasting of Sette 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 in the cellars of Fratelli Vineyard in Akhluj. This was one of the most interesting exercises to undertake, not only because it shows you how the winemaker best expresses his best harvest in the following years, but because it helps you understand your own palate better. . Instinctively, my first choice was the 2010 – the very famous wine, which is now not available on the open market. But the 2011 is and it’s a great Indian red to drink too. Shows you the progress made by Indian winemaking.
7. Grover Zampa La Réserve
In another informal and fun blind tasting in 2015, a beverage manager at a Delhi hotel gave me two glasses of unfamiliar woody red wines from Indian wines and was asked to choose my favorite. One of the wines was the 2011 Sette which I think about a lot. But that night I definitely chose the Grover Zampa La Reserve. For a very long time, this was rightly considered the best Indian red. I love it for its ripe, spicy red aromas – naturally with the shiraz in the mix (cab sauv-shiraz). The tasting proved (for me) at least the consistency of my palate and that I like what I think I like! If you share the same taste, this wine can be made for you too.Disclaimer:The opinions expressed in this article are the personal opinions of the author. NDTV is not responsible for the accuracy, completeness, adequacy or validity of the information contained in this article. All information is provided as is. The information, facts or opinions appearing in the article do not reflect the views of NDTV and NDTV assumes no responsibility in this regard.