Pair Your Favorite Wine with Food – Part 2

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In our previous post, we covered wine and food pairing for some of our wines. As promised, here is the rest of food pairing list!

Nine Hills Shiraz: Nine Hills Shiraz, like Sauvignon Blanc is known for its versatility in pairing. However, if you are choosing Shiraz, you might want to order smaller meat portions, stew and less spicy food rather than bigger fattier meat. You can pair your favorite Shiraz with grilled lamb, beef stew, brisket, salmon, sausages, black olives and roasted chicken/pork. Vegetarians can pair this wine with vegetable stew, lentil salad and veg burgers. You can satisfy your sweet tooth by pairing it with some yummy chocolate cake.

Nine Hills Shiraz Rose: Nine Hills Shiraz Rose has endless pairing options. This delicious pink wine goes best with Salads, light pastas, rice dishes, seafood, grilled chicken and pork, basically anything. Pair it with strawberries and berries, to enhance your taste experience.

Nine Hills Viognier: This exotically fruity, rich white wine has complex tastes hidden in it. Hence, it’s best not to drink Viognier with lighter food, as it will completely overpower the taste of the food. Viognier loves spices, so pair it with spicy chicken wings, chicken in red curry paste, Chicken in Thai curry and if you love Indian food, then this is the wine for you!

Now that you have all the information you need about wine and food pairing, which pairing will you try first?

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Pair Your Favorite Wine with Food!

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Do you often find yourself confused about wine and food pairing? Fret not, you are not alone. Most wine lovers often complain that pairing their favorite wine with food is a difficult task, however it need not be anymore. Here is a list of Nine Hills wines and foods that pairs best with them.

Nine Hills Cabernet Sauvignon: Nine Hills Cabernet Sauvignon goes best with red meat and mushrooms. So, you can try gruyere burger, a mushroom pizza or some marinated steak. This wine does not go well with chocolate; instead, you can pair it with berry tarts or assorted cookies.

Nine Hills Chenin Blanc: Nine Hills Chenin Blanc is one of the popular wines, which goes well with most foods. Pair your favorite Chenin Blanc with seafood like Sushi and smoked salmon, Fish and Chips, Squids and fish patés. If seafood is not something you like, then you can pair this wine with vegetarian options like Avocado, asparagus and peas. Apart from these options, you can also try this wine with roasted chicken, ham salads, vegetable salads and cheesy pastas. Since, Chenin Blanc is a sweet, dry wine it goes best with desserts like apple pie and cheesecake.

Nine Hills Sauvignon Blanc: Nine Hills Sauvignon Blanc is a hot favorite among oenophiles as well as beginners. The reason for this is its amazing taste and its versatility in food pairing. This wine can be paired with a variety of foods, like grilled fish, roasted chicken, spaghetti with herbs, Jalapeno and tomato Sandwiches, grilled vegetable pasta among other things. This crisp, white wine will taste best with lemon cake, apple and apricot based desserts and grapefruit.

Wine and food pairing is all about experimentation. What works for one, might not work for another, the trick is to try as many wines and foods together and decide for yourself. Your favorite wine not on this list? Our next post will have the rest of the Nine Hills Wines and their food pairings. Stay tuned!

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Get Ready for the Bubblies

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Who said the hot days are all about chilled beers and aam pannas (for the teetotallers, silly!)? Well, we admit, the hot days of monsoon can make your body a tad too intolerable towards alcohol. But fret not as winemakers around the world work to get some brilliant liqueurs to your tables. For all those who are wary of the heavy-headedness following a lot of wines, this is a perfect time to stock up on the lighter ones. Make sure they are the low-alcohol content versions and with the assortment of flavours Indian cuisine has to offer, the summers are all set to become your favourite season.

Unfortunately, the popularity of wines in India is still at its infancy and a lot of the consumers are not aware of the significance of the Roses. The Roses, also called Blushes, are actually a brilliant mixture of both red and white grapes. One often wonders whether Indians pass over the Roses since these wines are often considered androgynous; the men here have a penchant for the Reds and the ladies love their Whites. The properly chilled bottle of Rose can make for a brilliant afternoon or an evening drink. But of course, there are the more conventional ones for those who love their classics.

Fruity and juicy wines, which are low in alcohol, are hot faves as well. For the ones who fancy their Burgundies a little too much, it’s best to just stick to a young Pinot Noir to avoid the heaviness which can accompany older ones. Sangrias also make for great sips with perfectly wine, fruits and sugar.
Here’s a look at some of the best wines for the Indian summer palate:

Nine Hills Sauvignon Blanc
This one is a winner with its “fragrant, lemongrass aromas with almost pungent tomato leaf intensity” and its slightly sweet taste having an essence of “pink grapefruit-like acidity”. With 20% fewer calories than its competitors, I bet you will not regret trying this if you haven’t already.

Nine Hills Shiraz Rose
If you can lay your hands on a good bottle of this humble Indian Blush, you can forget doing anything else on a warm afternoon. Oh, and you can whip up a brilliant Sangria with this one!

Nine Hills Chardonnay
A brilliant species of chardonnay from New Zealand, the creamy flavours of apple and peach make it unbelievably delicious. Add to that a scintillating touch of oak and you have one of the best ones on this list.

Nine Hills Cabernet Sauvignon
This is for the ones who love a good chilled Red. Meant to be served chilled, it has well-balanced flavours of pomegranate, rose and cherry.

With this list of wines, you can look forward to fresh and exciting noon and eves.

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Pick the right wine for Father’s Day

Make this Father’s Day all the more special by taking time out to select that special wine for your dad. To show how much you love him, you should pick a meaningful wine that would personify him. Here is a list of special wines and that you can choose:

Chenin Blanc: If your dad is an adventurist and loves exploring new things, this wine is perfect for him. This is for those that would love to experiment with something new! With the Chenin Blanc, your dad would love to explore a new taste and discover new things with this wine.

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Chenin Blanc

Sauvignon Blanc: Is your dad an idealist? This could be in the way in which he believes in his well-crafted set of values and his subtleties that make him the man that he is today. For the polished man that would love to rub a few of his traits on you, the Sauvignon Blanc can give you those traits and class that he desires in a wine.

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Sauvignon Blanc

Shiraz: For the sporting enthusiast that raises the bar when it comes to competition. He believes in the no pain, no gain concept and has a passion for winning. If your dad would like to enjoy his win, the Shiraz would let him taste victory and give him a great sense of achievement.

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Shiraz

Viognier:  When it comes to being creative, your dad checks all the boxes. He comes out with the most amazing things and expresses them in ways you would least imagine. The Viognier will help him in his creativity and bring out the best in him.

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Viognier

Cabernet Sauvignon: Does your dad love being the centre of attention? People tend to gravitate towards him and love being around him. Be sure to get a few stares and be the point to which everyone is drawn to.  The Cabernet Sauvignon will add to that exclusiveness that you are looking for with the kind of sparkle and glow that it attracts.

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Cabernet Sauvignon

So, choose the right wine list and make your dad feel truly loved and blessed to have you in his life, this Father’s Day.

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What Kind of Wine Are You?

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Don’t you love tasting different wines? Each one of us has a special wine just for us. Answer these quiz questions and get to know more about it!

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE ACTIVITY?
A. Clubbing
B. Eating out
C. Shopping
D. Watching movies

HOW WAS YOUR DAY?
A. Unexpected
B. Alright
C. Terrible
D. Lovely

WHAT EXCITES YOU IN THE MORNING?
A. Going for a run
B. Eating a heavy breakfast
C. Playing the guitar
D. Calling friends

WHAT WOULD YOU DO AFTER A LONG DAY OF WORK?
A. Night around the town
B. Quite night at home
C. Painting
D. Playing board games

Mostly A’s: Nine Hills Cabernet Sauvignon is your pick! You’re quite the enthusiast and love to have a good time. You can handle strong wines and be quite the entertainer!
Mostly B’s: Nine Hills Chenin Blanc is your pick! You like light wines that play a perfect balance with your taste, and Chenin blanc is another smooth wine which goes well with your palate.
Mostly C’s: Nine Hills Sauvignon Blanc is your pick! Sauvignon Blanc is a dry wine that originates from the Bordeaux region of France. Based on your answers, this wine is made for you!
Mostly D’s: Nine Hills Shiraz is your pick! Shiraz are elegant, tannic and smoke-flavoured wines. This wine can be paired with briskets, grilled lamb, beef stew or chilli colorado.

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Cooking with Wine: Pork with Garlic and Red Wine Sauce

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In our previous posts, we covered Fish in Red Wine Butter Sauce and Chicken and Red Wine Sauce. We would like to add another delicious recipe to the list – Pork with Garlic and Red Wine Sauce
You will enjoy cooking up a scrumptious portion of pork, which will open your eyes to the joy and beauty of searing meat in a skillet. Pan sauces are really a wonderful way for you to enjoy your steak. Just soak your pork in and add whole garlic cloves to make it bring out the flavours.

Ingredients to make the red wine butter sauce:
• 6 whole Pork Chops (medium-to-thin)
• 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
• 2 Tablespoons Butter
• Salt And Pepper
• 1-1/2 cup Red Wine
• 1/2 cup Beef Broth (more If Needed)
• 1 whole Bay Leaf
• 1 Tablespoon Balsamic Vinegar
• 18 whole Peeled Garlic Cloves
• 1 Tablespoon Butter (additional)

Directions:
• Start by heating oil and butter in a heavy skillet
• Spread salt and pepper on both sides and sear until golden
• Remove the chops from the skillet
• Reduce the fame to medium-high, then add the whole garlic cloves until they are golden brown
• Pour in the red wine and add the bay leaf
• Cook the sauce for several minutes
• Allow the chops to cook in the liquid for a few minutes, and pour in the balsamic
• Cook for a few minutes until the pork chops are well done. Take it out of the pan
• Let the sauce reduce a little more if needed until it’s very thick and rich and the garlic is soft
• Add 1 tablespoon of butter
• Neatly place the pork chops on a platter, then pour the whole skillet of sauce on top

It is divine with some salad, rice and potato wedges! Set the mood for the evening with this mouth-watering delicacy. Enjoyed this recipe? Follow this space for easy cooking with wine recipes!

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How To Sound Like a Wine Connoisseur – Part 2

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In our previous blog, we learnt how to sound like a Wine Connoisseur. Here are some more useful terminology to help you further!

Useful terminology

Ever heard wine described as ‘spicy’ or ‘lush’? These adjectives are used to describe a wine’s flavor, and fall into three broad and widely-used categories . Describing wine thus will help establish your ‘connoisseur’ credentials.
High Tannin: some wines seem to suck the moisture out of your mouth; the same sensation you would have when eating a jambul or raw guava. This is due to the high level of tannins—which are a chemical compound that is also found in tea—in the wine. When remarking on this particular attribute, you would say, ‘hmmm, this wine is highly tannic’ or ‘this is a high tannin wine’.

Round: these wines have less tannin and are therefore ‘smoother’ and silkier to the taste. This type of wine is described as having ‘round notes’.

Spicy: wines with a ‘bite’ or high levels of acidity, are referred to as ‘spicy’. This is because they make your tongue smart the same way that biting into a raw chili would. Of such a wine you would quite simply say, ‘this one’s a spicy number!’

Let’s raise a toast to your new found knowledge. But remember, ‘in vino veritas’—in wine is truth. Drink in moderation during your exposition or you just might just give the game away! Salud!

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