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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?

Allytta Allytta 9 years
you should really put up the recepie for samosas up here, i was just looking for it. you make all the recepies sound so easy :)
indianswines46 indianswines46 9 years
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WineUnleashed WineUnleashed 9 years
Orisugar and SpitPhrye can you share with us some names of other wines that are from India?
orisugar orisugar 9 years
I'm from India so I drink Sula all the time! I really like it.
emalove emalove 9 years
I've never had Indian food, so I'm not sure what I'd want to drink with it...
SpitPhyre SpitPhyre 9 years
Sula wines are the next best thing to homemade wines and port wines back where i live (near Mumbai). If my dad hasn't made wine at home for the year then he either goes to Goa (or gets a relative to pick up one) to get some great Port wine or picks up a Sula from a nearby wine shop.
LaurenG22 LaurenG22 9 years
nah, not for 16 bucks
busybeegal busybeegal 9 years
I also tend to reach for a Gewurztraminer if I'm going to have wine with Indian... that being said, my real preference is either a Kingfisher, or Tajmahal, both Indian beers.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Cute packaging...
shoneyjoe shoneyjoe 9 years
I'm not a fan of pairing wine to Indian. Much more a fan of Indian and beer. A good clean lager usually does the trick.
WineUnleashed WineUnleashed 9 years
I actually have tasted this wine and ummm, well, wouldn't be my first pick. It does however offer some nice components to pairing with Indian food. It is bright, crisp and aromatic. When dining on Indian fare I love to pair it with something like a Viognier to help transfer the curries and expand upon them. Other wine choices for Indian food would be riesling... or even better would be a Gewurztraminer from Alsace—again reach for aromatics. If you have the opportunity to try you should. I have tried several labels from India. All I can say is bravo to these pioneering winemakers for trying. I hope to taste again next year to see if they are any different. Just remember it took California many years to earn a good reputation.
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