Every festive season the big question haunts us – Which are the wines to gift? Because you don’t want to be out of pocket on the wines you aren’t going to get a taste of. Nor do you wish to delpete your own wine cellar – those were to drink, not to gift, right! Sommelier Gagan SHARMA gives his two cents on the subject
HOW TO PICK WINES TO GIFT
It’s that time of the year when the festive spirit has set in. In most homes, an old table in the corner is stacked with received gifts and the liquor cabinet runs dry after daily celebrations. One way to make sure that cabinet is constantly refreshed – and that your gift is truly enjoyed – is by gifting wines! Sophisticated gifts that speak of your good taste, wines are well received as presents by most people.
MY PICK OF GIFTING WINES
Fratelli Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc, India (INR620, available at House of Spirits, Delhi)
Selbach Incline Riesling, Germany (INR1,530, available at Nature’s Basket outlets)
Carpineto Dogajolo Bianco, Italy (INR1,910, available at Nature’s Basket outlets)
Grovers Vineyards La Reserve, India (INR670, available at House of Spirits, Delhi)
Jacobs Creek Reserve Shiraz, Australia (INR1,750, available at all major wine stores)
This big-hearted Aussie Shiraz reveals peppery notes at first sip that mellow into ripe dark fruits, cassis, cherries, sweet spices, oak and velvety tannins. Decant this wine before serving. It pairs well with spicy dishes and fiery curries.
Torres Iberricos Tempranillo, Spain (INR1,800, available at Defence Store, Delhi)
An approachable red that’s easy to appreciate. This medium-bodied wine has notes of perfumed red fruit, plums, sweet berries, subtle tannins, and a creamy, oaky finish. A great sipping wine that would go especially well with tapas.
Zampa Soiree Brut Sparkling, India (INR600, available at all major wine stores)
This is an Indian sparkling wine that enjoys international repute. Fruity, herbaceous, refreshing and citrusy, this is a well-balanced wine that is as apt for celebrations as for connoisseurs. A must try!
Prosecco San Simone Sparkling, Italy (INR1,450, available at all major wine stores)
This Italian bubbly is uncomplicated and easy to enjoy. It has hints of white fruit and sweetlime with an underlying herbaceous flavour. There’s a touch sweet on the finish. It would pair best with mild chicken dishes, seafood preparations, and vegetarian Indian curries.
Torres Floralis Moscatel d’Oro, Spain (INR1,295, available at Defence Store, Delhi)
This wine puts a smile on your face right from the first sniff, enticing you to take a sip without much ado. It has notes of honey, marmalade, orange blossom, cashew, dried nuts, figs and dried apricots. Served it super chilled with chocolate and caramel desserts.