What Indian Wine Would Suit Darth Vader?
We are big Star Wars fans at Hipcask and with the release of JJ Abrams’ Star Wars Episode VII – The Force Awakens, we’ve been ecstatic at the complete awesomeness of the franchise. Recently we came across a post on Food & Wine where they compared wines to Star Wars characters ; it gave us an idea for a spin off – which Indian wines would suit some of the most significant Star Wars characters – legendary Darth Vader to the new hope, Rey.
We had good fun with this pairing-comparison combination, hope you do too. Please do share your feedback in the comments section.
Luke Skywalker – Charosa Reserve Tempranillo
Luke Skywalker is the template of an underdog hero who rises to become the greatest Jedi warrior.
Charosa’s Tempranillo shocked most wine aficionado when it was released, no one expected such great quality wine from a relatively new red wine varietal like Tempranillo.
Princess Leia Organa – York Arros
Princess Leia Organa, later General Organa, is strong willed and focused with no signs of weakness but at the same time she still has an affectionate side to her.
Spice and chocolate notes and 2 years (12 months in oak) of aging makes York’s reserve red wine Arros a robust wine but still maintaining the softness that makes it not just interesting but also an appealing wine.
Darth Vader – Sette
A hero goes down the dark side to become the anti-hero. Darth Vader or Anakin Skywalker is the most memorable of all Star Wars characters. He is a man of strength and convictions who follows through with whatever he takes up. He also an emotional man, his final fall to the dark side was a result of the need to save his wife.
Sette is a wine with the same expression of strength following the Super Tuscan style with hints of softness on the palate. It is a big bold wine which isn’t everyone’s cup of tea.
Obi Wan Kenobi – Zampa Chêne Grande Reserve
The grand old man of the Star Wars series, Obi Wan is the guide who’s seen it all and survived it all. He has always managed to stay in sync with times and be the helpful guide and teacher.
Chene with 3 years of aging is also like the grand old man, mature and strong but with a touch of youthfulness making it a wine liked by all.
Han Solo – Sula Rasa
Han Solo seems like the opportunist who is always looking to make a quick buck, but he also has great depth of character and complexity. He is brave, fearless with his eyes always at the end result.
Sula Rasa reminds us of Solo because of similar fearlessness and exceptional quality. This wine is one of the few that is produced only during a good vintage.
R2-D2 – Sula Riesling
This droid is not just lovable but also very smart. What is most endearing about R2-D2 is its sense of loyalty and purpose.
India’s first and only Sula Riesling is very similar. Even though not known by many, this Riesling is a showcase of great wine making; it is a refreshing and crisp wine and has always become an instant favorite of anyone who tries it.
C-3PO – Fratelli Sangiovese Bianco
C-3PO, the friendly and talkative protocol droid, is a gentle and an easy going fellow most of the time. His sharp brain comes into action whenever he finds himself or his fellow human in a tight spot. He together with R2-D2 add paradoxical tenderness to the saga.
Fratelli’s Sangiovese Bianco is uncomplicated and easy drinking wine, often considered a flaw. But that is exactly why it has become such a favorite among consumers. Seem similar to the humanoid droid?
Chewbacca – Zampa Rosé Syrah
The loyal second in command to Han Solo, Chewbacca has been named as one of the greatest sidekicks. He’s saved Solo from numerous scrapes without a fear of his own life and cared for Solo.
Sweet and savory, mature and fresh, Zampa Rosé Syrah pairs very well with food. And in a wine tasting line up it acts a great foil to a big red wine, quite like Chewie.
Rey – Vijay Amritraj Reserve Viognier
The main protagonist of the latest installment of Star Wars has Rey who is strong willed who Solo sees as a possible Force wielder. There is a lot of speculation as to where her character will head in the future films, one thing is sure, she will be a force (pun intended) to be reckoned with.
This Viognier has a tell tale structure and depth of a reserve wine but at the same time it holds true to vibrancy and minerality and of a Viognier quite like Rey’s spunk.
Kylo Ren – Grover La Reserve Red
The new bad boy on the scene, Kylo Ren or Ben Solo, is guy who falters here and there but it its his end goal to be as powerful or better than his grandfather Darth Vader that drives him.
Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz blend has an intense depth of character which evolves slowly in the glass, but it always delivers a rich palate and flavor.
BB-8 – York Sauvignon Blanc
BB-8 is the adorable droid that the world has fallen in love with. Very similar to R2-D2, this little fella is sharp, smart and quite adept in getting his own way. It’s also quite playful in its demeanor.
We like to call this Sauvignon Blanc a fun wine. It has all the typical Sauvignon Blanc traits of fruit and floral balance, minerality but it is the vitality of the wine that makes it shine.
Finn – Fratelli Cabernet Franc Shiraz
Finn, the ex-Storm Trooper, with a deep sense of right and wrong has just begun on the path of self discovery. All he is sure of is his affection and loyalty for people who have helped along the way.
Cabernet Franc and Shiraz as a blend is a unique one in India. It also quite the underdog which hasn’t quite attained the glory it deserves.
Yoda – Vallonne Rosé
Sharp tongue, quick wit and insurmountable knowledge, that’s Yoda. Very little is known about this enigmatic Jedi master except for the fact that almost all Jedi warriors have at some point or other trained under him.
If you want to know what a good rosé should taste like, you need to try Vallonne’s Rosé. Made from Cabernet Sauvignon it has the incredible structure, beautiful tannin and yet the generous aromatics of a rosé.
Poe Dameron – York Chenin Blanc
Ace pilot of the rebel Resistance, Poe is all talent and double the swagger. He is an intelligent guy who knows what he’s doing, also the reason why he is General Organa’s most trusted operative.
York’s Chenin Blanc may be an easy drinking wine with fresh fruit floral notes, but it is the oak that makes you sit up and pay attention.
Maz Kanata – Charosa Selections Sauvignon Blanc
An ancient (over 1000 years old!) smuggler who now runs a tavern, Maz Kanata is the new trilogy’s Yoda equivalent – wise and witty.
Charosa Selections Sauvignon Blanc has the quintessential fruit notes that define a good Sauvignon Blanc paired with the acidity that brings it all together, the wine blows your mind away.