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Top 10 Indian wines

Trust a sommelier to clue you in on the best Indian wines

By Nikhil Agarwal  June 6th, 2014

Over the last few years, passionate Indian winemakers have been upping their game – and they’ve succeeded. Proof? Over 30 of these stood out at the second edition of the Indian Wine Consumers’ Choice Awards, organised by All Things Nice, in January. Here are my picks, with ideas on dishes to pair them with. (Vegetarians, accept my apologies.)

Zampa Soirée Brut Rosé (2011)
It’s light-bodied and creamy. This is quality sparkling.
Pair with: Galouti kebab (anything is good with galouti kebab)

York Winery Chenin Blanc (2013)
It’s semi-dry, with the freshness of tropical fruits like guava, apricot and pineapple.
Pair with: Pork belly. Veggie option: dahi rice with curry leaves

Myra Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc (2012)
It’s refreshing with notes of capsicum, a dash of tropical fruit and lime.
Pair with: Salmon carpaccio

Vallonné Vineyards Rosé (2013)
This dry rosé is full-bodied, with traces of cherry, plum, melons and berries.
Pair with: Pop it open at lunch or at a sundowner; this is a wine for any occasion. Team with a watermelon and feta salad.

Fratelli SETTE (2010)
A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Sangiovese, this wine is well-balanced, with just the right amount of oak structure.
Pair with: Truffle risotto

Zampa Chêne (2010)                    
A strong-flavoured wine with sweet spice, black fruit, vanilla and dark chocolate.
Pair with: Grilled duck breast

Charosa Reserve Tempranillo (2012)
Red fruit with subtle vanilla on the nose, medium-bodied and fleshy on the palate. The grape variety thrives in Indian climate.
Pair with: Manchego (Spanish cheese)

Sula Vineyards Riesling (2013)
Just perfectly balanced. Sugar, lime, green apple notes, lifted with just the right acidity.
Pair with: Goan prawn curry with rice

Krsma Estates Sangiovese (2012)
An aromatic nose with intense fruit and toast of cherries and spice. Although the oak is pronounced, the wine is balanced and full-bodied. A rising star from the South of India.
Pair with: A medium-well done steak

Reveilo Nero D’Avola (2012)
Strong fruity aromas of cherry, accompanied with spicy notes of pepper and cinnamon.
Pair with: Chicken xacuti

Sample these wines at Le Pain Quotidien, Mumbai, on June 7, 7:30 pm onwards. For more information call 098336 14339 or email