Wines for Christmas!
A glass of wine in front of the fireplace snuggled in blankets against harsh cold; isn’t that the picture of a perfect winter evening? Alas, in the city of Mumbai snuggling in front of a fireplace would be a tad too much. But it is always a good time for wine.
We give you a list of wines that are great for gifting but are also a great addition to your cellar. Our list not only covers different regions and styles but the wines are also readily available in the market. Try them out, we assure you, you won’t be disappointed.
Moët & Chandon Rosé Imperial
What is a celebration without a bubbly? And Moët & Chandon’s Rose with a fruity and floral bouquet is just perfect. It is a blend of Pinot Noir, Pinit Meunier and Chardonnay gives the wine a bouquet of red berries, roses and little bit of pepper.
Charosa Sauvignon Blanc
When this wine was introduced in the market in October, we were shocked! In a good way, this Sauvignon Blanc is just one of the reasons why we should put our faith in Indian wines. To read more about the wine click here.
Little James’ Basket Press Red
A Cotes du Rhone wine from the house of Chateau St Cosme is fruit forward but at the same time is distinctly old world in its style. The Grenache wine offers a bouquet of herbs, dark and red fruits.
Erath Oregon Pinot Noir
This Pinot Noir from Oregon is simple and fruit forward with cherries, cranberry and vanilla coming through. The winery is a passion for engineer-turned-viticulturist, Dick Erath who has a keen interest in the Pinot Noir and other Pinot varietals. The winery only produced Pinot based wines.
Querciabella, Chianti Classico
The Tuscan favorite is a blend of Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. The winery has been making wines the organic way since 1980s and in 2000 they moved onto biodynamic processes. It has a great balance between tannins and acidity with luscious cherry bouquet.
Marqués de Riscal Reserva
The Rioja wine, a blend of Temparnillo, Graciano and Mazuelo, is full of spice and ripened dark berries. And even though the wine has spent 25 months in American oak casks the tannins are well balanced with a great structure.
Taylor’s Fine Tawny Port
No, not Goan! Straight from Portugal, this Port wine is a lighter version of the wine style and is consumed as an aperitif. The wine has spent atleast 10 years in oak casks at Taylor’s cellar in Porto. The 3 centuries old Taylor’s is also one of the oldest Port houses. Perfect with Christmas cake!
Prices mentioned are for the state of Maharashtra.
Most of these wines are available in major retail outlets like Nature’s Basket.
Querciabella & Little James’ Basket Press are available at The Wine Kart.