The gesture of getting a grand bottle of wine for important occasions is a tale as old as time. Maybe you’ve been elated on the receiving end, or you’ve handed a special someone a bottle of sparkling red wine. Either way, whatever the cause may be, this flavourful drink seems to be a staple. So many special occasions deserve to be celebrated with the best wines that exist. However, as tempting as it may seem, the task of picking the appropriate bottle of wine is more than just opting for the prettiest and fanciest looking bottle. Before we dive deep into explaining which wine you should keep a lookout for on particular occasions, let’s take a look at the reasons why wine holds such an important place.
Why is wine the go-to for occasions?
Every occasion calls for everyone’s favourite food items. You’ll be happy to know that wine can be used before a meal to improve one’s appetite! This is why some of them are referred to as ‘aperitifs’. Not only that, but drinking your favourite white or red wines during a meal can also enhance and complement the various flavours of the food. By virtue of that, this drink can create a fine dining experience no matter how grand or intimate the party is. Last but not the least, wine certainly helps people enjoy and unwind, to produce a state of euphoria. Sula has built a culture of wine drinking in India and has been the #1 trailblazer in Indian wines. We’ve got you covered for every occasion, no matter what its level of significance is.
Sula Sparkling Shiraz for Date Nights
Made from 100% Shiraz, Sula Sparkling Shiraz is absolutely endearing. Since date nights are all about getting to know each other better, this sparkling red wine is perfect for accompanying your banter. It can stimulate your appetite, as well as give you more time to talk before getting inebriated. You can find aromas of pomegranate and dark berries along with hints of spicy and smokey flavours. This medium-bodied wine is high in sweetness and thus can be paired well with sweet dishes as well as spicy food. This drink can match well with dishes such as Chilli Chicken as well as dessert made up of dark chocolate.
Dia Red Wine Sparkler for Easy Evenings
Dia Red Wine Sparkler is an Italian Lambrusco style wine. Lambrusco is a blend of grape varieties, which makes a fruity red wine in a semi-sparkling or frizzante style. Made from 95% Chenin Blanc and 5% Shiraz, this wine’s low alcohol percentage makes it one of the easiest wines to drink. If you have friends who don’t drink that often, Dia is the perfect drink for a comfortable get together on any given day. Additionally, since it comes in a can, it is perfect to carry with you on the go and is also ideal to avoid any kind of wastage. To add to the wine’s sweet flavours, it is preferable to pair it with spicy Indian food such as Chicken Manchurian. It also pairs well with snacks such as Samosas and Dabeli.
Dindori Reserve Chardonnay for Girls’ Nights
Made from 100% Chardonnay, this wine has a lemony, buttery and rich style. Showing notes of stone fruits, this drink is perfect to have before dinner while you catch up with your friends. You can sit down and have a meaningful conversation, while sipping on your glass full of Dindori Reserve Chardonnay. This wine’s creamy texture can be perfect to indulge in while being engrossed in a conversation as important as this one. Owing to its buttery style, this wine also pairs well with butter garlic prawns, butter chicken and white sauce pasta.
Sula Riesling for Sunday Brunches
Sula Riesling is a white wine that keeps you feeling fresh, owing to its fruity aroma with hints of green apple, grapefruit, peach and honey. Being India’s first Riesling, its perfectly balanced sweetness and acidity do justice to the experience. Made from 100% Riesling, this wine is easy to pair with a wide variety of food preparations ranging from, sushi, pizza, ramen to Indian cuisine as well. Thus, it’s perfect to have throughout the course of your meal, and also cleanses your palate along the way. This wine is fermented in such a way that it keeps you feeling light, which is what makes it perfect for a day drinking opportunity such as brunch.
Sula Zinfandel Rosé for Picnics
Made from 100% Zinfandel, Sula Zinfandel Rosé has a lot to offer. Its citrus, cranberry and ripe fruit notes make for a refreshing experience. This drink is known for being extremely food-friendly because it pairs well with almost everything. Its fruity flavours complement spicy food very well. Since Rosé is served cold, it is known as a great “anytime” drink, especially for an al fresco dining experience such as picnics. It can be matched very well with appetisers that would work great for a picnic, such as salads, Chinese appetisers, Indian pakoras and Paneer Chilli.
Dindori Reserve Shiraz for Dinner Parties
Made from 85% Shiraz and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, Dindori Reserve Shiraz works perfectly well for a dinner party. This is because, Shiraz is known to pair really well with meat. This high-bodied, dry red wine is a classic example of red wine that goes well with red meat. The drink pairs really well with dishes like Chicken Green Curry, barbecued meats and even pizza. Thus it is ideal for a fancy dinner party and even a casual one.
The Source Grenache Rosé for Festivals
This wine which was the best in show at the India Wine Awards 2019 is a crowd-pleaser. Festivals are a time to celebrate and come together, and The Source Grenache Rosé can enhance this experience. Made from 100% Grenache, this drink has an elegant finish, and is without a doubt India’s best Rosé. This wine oozes flavours of cherry, tart red fruits and white peach which can complement the season’s greetings during festivals like Diwali and Christmas. Pair this wine with grilled fish, salads, and any preparation with aromatic spices present in them.
Sula Sauvignon Blanc for Birthdays
Sula Sauvignon Blanc is internationally acclaimed for how crisp and fresh it is. Made from 100% Sauvignon Blanc, this wine has flavours of guava, green apple and bell peppers. Owing to its rich aromas and tropical flavours, this low-bodied wine is sure to win over the crowd. Since it is a wine that is very easy to match with food, it is perfect for an occasion as important as a birthday that calls for a celebration. This drink, which is also India’s first-ever Sauvignon Blanc, pairs well with dishes such as Caesar Salad and Paneer Tikka.
The Source Sauvignon Blanc Reserve for Weddings
Oak-aged, tropical and passionate, The Source Sauvignon Blanc Reserve is one of India’s best white wines. Since Sauvignon Blanc is lighter in body and less fruity in comparison to other wines such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay, it makes it ideal for different types of dishes that can be served year-round. Made from 100% Sauvignon Blanc, it is also excellent when served as aperitifs, which can enhance the dining experience at an event as monumental as a wedding. This wine can be enjoyed when combined with food such as sushi, steamed fish and aromatic salads.
The Source Cabernet Sauvignon for Anniversaries
The Source Cabernet Sauvignon is a well-balanced wine, with acidity that is refreshing along with a memorable finish. Made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, this full-bodied red wine is smooth with a touch of oak. Thus, you can pick up hints of vanilla that comes from the wine ageing in the oak. Since anniversaries call for fancy food, this wine is perfect for the occasion. Cabernet Sauvignon is best paired with poultry and lamb preparations. Some specific dishes include Lasagna, Szechuan Chilli Chicken and Kadai Paneer.
We hope that this detailed guide to the best wines for
every occasion helped you discover which bottle to opt
for with ease. At Sula, we work hard to implement
environmentally friendly and sustainable practices in
everything we do, and we strive to carry on our legacy
and philosophy, with the hopes to enhance every special
occasion in your life.
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