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Happy Hour: Sula Sauvignon Blanc

I'm certainly no expert at pairing wine with Indian food, but at least now I'm not totally clueless. This weekend, I went out for a delicious dinner of samosas, saag paneer, and chicken jalfrezi and figured it was only fitting to order an Indian wine.

We ordered a bottle of the very reasonably priced Sula Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc, easily identified by the playful mustachioed sun on the label. Sula is based in India's Nashik wine-growing region and was founded by computer-engineer-turned-vintner Rajeev Samant.

This wine has the familiar flavor of California Sauvignon Blancs but with less sweetness. The earthy, grassy elements mellow your palate after a particularly spicy mouthful, but it also has a slightly tangy and spicy finish, making it a crisp counterpart to creamier foods like curry and paneer (cheese). In fact, it tasted so right with everything we ordered that I couldn't believe it was only $16; even if it were pricier, I'd definitely get it again. How about you: Have you ever tried an Indian wine? Would you?

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