Wine Tasting

Jan 02, 2012

I have indulged in wine over the last few years (a budding oenophile :) but the tasting has been more confined to standard varieties like Merlot, Cab and Pinot. This changed when a friend gifted me a Gewurztraminer. My first thought was, I love German beer but German wine?? Of course, Google is a great friend and I realized I have left out quite a few wine varieties, some of which btw, go very well with Indian food.

Red Wines

Cabernet Sauvignon: take a bit longer to reach maturation, high tannin content (particularly if young). Hence, it is good to have Cabs that are aged several years old to get a well rounded taste. Goes very well with red meat (starch foods like rice and pasta do not go well with Cabs at all). Cabs with high alcohol levels *do not* pair well with spicy foods. The hotness levels of the capsaicins present in spices like chili peppers actually increase the bitterness of the tannins.

Merlot: the best wine to start with for non-wine drinkers. Soft, medium-bodied red wine, and has lower tannin levels than Cab. Fairly versatile in food matchings.

Pinot Noir: lighter-bodied, delicate and fresh, very soft tannins. Difficult to cultivate, and hence there are very few Pinot-making regions. Lighter in color and goes best with Grilled fish, Japanese foods.

Malbec: a rich, dark and juicy medium-bodied wine and is adaptable enough to stand up to spicy Indian and Mexican food. Try with red meat particularly with BBQ sauces.

Syrah/Shiraz: has an abundance of fruit sensations and gripping tannins. These wines also have a variety of flavors depending upon the region cultivated and are generally powerfully flavored. Some varieties also have a spicy taste. Ideal with meat dishes.

Zinfadel: Red zinfadel is an American classic wine. Some have these wines have a higher alcohol content and hints of spice/fruit. Can be consumed pretty young, within a year or two. Goes well with typical American food: Grilled/BBQed meats, and Pizza. The white zinfadel is made from the same grapes, albeit a different process, and is light and refreshing with a sweetness/fruity taste to it.

White Wines

White wines have lesser tannins, and it is also recommended to have white wine instead of red wine if you suffer from acid reflux.

Chardonnay: voluptuous, with some having a 'buttery' flavor. It is a favorite white wine and is generally dry. Does not contain strong aromas like some of the other white wines. Goes well with fish, and white meats like chicken/poultry.

Sauvignon blanc: a crisp, dry and fresh wine with herbal character. Has naturally high acidity. Food pairings include Seafood, Salads and also goes very well with Sushi.

Moscato: also called Muscat, it is sweet and fruity and hence a dessert wine. Has a sweet floral aroma. Very good after-dinner drink.

Pinot grigio: crisp, dry wine with good acid "bite". Good to have if you like acidic tasting drinks. Should be consumed young. Goes well with seafood.

Gewurztraminer: Fruity flavor with aromas of lychees. Full bodied, non-dry wine that goes well with Indian non-veg starters like Tandoori chicken, Asian cuisine, and Smoked salmon.

Riesling: slightly sweet, aromatic and much lighter than Chardannoy, tastes fresh. Most come from Germany which also has a classification system on the quality and sweetness of the wine. Ideal for Fish.



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  3. on Feb 25, 2012 07:02 AM by  Diana

    Looks yummy... do you mean 17 sedcnos though? I think 17 minutes would turn them to mush.I think this would be amazing served with a cheese plate.

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