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Wine and Music. Nay, Music and Wine.

February 27, 2012 Leave a comment

“Madder Music, Stronger Wine”

Simple words and yet so true. It is believed that music influences the way wine tastes. That must be the reason why professional wine tastings are done in absolute silence. Like with food and glassware, music pairing is also gaining popularity as wine lovers believe that playing a certain type of music can enhance the way wine tastes.

Listen to Mozart while drinking your favourite Nine Hills Wine Cabernet. And then switch to Metallica with the same wine. Does the wine taste different? It is not that we notice new flavors when the music changes. The flavors are there all along, but the music makes us change the way we perceive them. Some music makes us pay more attention to astringency present in the wine while with other music; we tend to ignore the strong flavors and tannins in the wine.

Nine Hills Wine’s Cabernet Sauvignon is most affected by “powerful and heavy” music and Chardonnay by “zingy and refreshing” sounds. Pinot noir tastes amazing with Mozart.

Open a bottle of your heavy and full-bodied red and you will feel like listening to soulful and melancholic music.Experiment it yourself; invite a few friends, open your favorite red wine while listening to soulful ghazals and take a trip down the memory lane. There is something about red wine and ghazals that makes you feel nostalgic and makes those old forgotten memories resurface.

And why is it that on listening to jazzy upbeat numbers while drinking champagne pulls out more and more layers of creamy nuttiness and fresh flavors of luscious, ripe grapes from the champagne.

Feel like having white wine? Put some country and western music. Simple chords and country instruments like guitars, banjos and harmonicas will make your wine drinking a memorable affair.

So what are you waiting for? Fill a glass of wine as per your mood and put on some music accordingly and unwind after a long day. Life’s good!

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Do you know the right glass for your wine?

February 21, 2012 Leave a comment

Ever wondered why champagne is served in a flute and not in a coffee mug? Simply because wine is passion, it represents fine living, etiquette and all the good things in life. As surprising as it sounds the wine, connoisseurs believe that the glass you choose has a tremendous impact on the quality and intensity of aromas. The acquisition of excellent stemware is the first step towards improving your wine experience.

Stemware Basics:

Most common wine glasses are red wine glasses, white wine glasses, and champagne flutes. Then there are Sherry wine glasses too. A new concept of Wine tumblers (without stems) is also gaining popularity.

Red Wine Glasses

Red wine glasses have rounder, wider bowl, so that oxidation takes place rapidly altering the flavor and aroma of the wine.

Bordeaux glass: Appropriate for hearty and full bodied red wines, like Nine Hills Wine’s Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah/Shiraz. This glass has a long stem, broad bowland narrower opening. The shape of the bowl concentrates the aromas and flavors while the narrow opening allows the wine to go to the back of the mouth.

 

Burgundy glass: Broader than the Bordeaux glass but has a narrower opening than the body. The apple shaped bowl works well for fine and delicate wines like Pinot Noir that need a huge area in which to gather their aromas. This style of glass directs wine to hit the tip of the tongue.

 

White Wine Glasses

Tulip glass: A tulip shaped glass is characterized by a deep bowl that is narrow at the bottom, broad in the middle and narrow at the opening. The stem of the wine glass is shorter than the average wine glass. The narrow opening preserves the crisp, clean flavor of the white wines as it reduces the rate of aeration.Perfect for Nine Hills Wine’s Chenin Blanc and Sauvignon Blanc!!

 

Champagne Flutes

Ideal for Champagne or Sparkling wine, flutes are tall to allow the proper development of bubbles. It has a narrow and tall bowl while the mouth is small to keep the wine sparkling longer in the glass. The long stem allows you to hold the glass without warming the liquid inside. The design of the flute adds to the aesthetic appeal of champagne as it allows the bubbles to travel further due to the narrow opening.

 

Sherry Glasses

Sherry glass is used to drink sherry wines and also port wines.

The stem of a Sherry glass is shorter than other wine glass varieties. The bowl is broad at the bottom, long but tapers into a narrow mouth. The narrow opening is meant to enhance the aroma of the sherry wine.

 

Stem-less Wine Glasses

With time, a new concept of stem-less (without stem) wine glasses has evolved. This modern innovation is often criticized by traditional wine lovers and wine connoisseurs as they believe that these glasses do nothing to enhance the aroma or flavour of the wine. These glasses affect the temperature of the wine as they are nursed in hand. Also these glasses do not have the same visual appeal as the traditional varieties.

Good glasses are important for the wine tasting experience and will ultimately define whether you will like the wine or not. So leave the coffee mug for the coffee and drink your favorite wine in the right glass.

Cheers!

Say it with Wine this Valentine’s

February 13, 2012 Leave a comment

Chocolates, flowers, stuffed toys are passé! Celebrate the Valentine’s Day this year with your sweetheart in style.  And what better way to ignite romance than with wine. Yes, surprise your loved one by gifting him/her a bottle of wine and see the expression change on his/her face.

Here are a few ways to win your sweetheart all over again. Be it a romantic date at a restaurant or a candlelight dinner in the comfort of your home, wine is the perfect way to say “I Love You”. If you have never done it before then this is the golden opportunity to commence your tryst with wine, the manna from heaven. Be it red, white or rosé, wine tingles the taste buds, liberates the mind, heightens the senses and sets the mood.

 

 

A declaration of undying love or a rekindling of passion in your relationship, a glass of champagne is the ideal choice. The effervescence of the sparkling wine puts you in high spirits. Moreover, it pairs well with a whole range of romantic and gourmet foods.

If you are planning to take your valentine for a romantic candle light dinner, make sure to take a reservation well in advance at a restaurant where they serve good country wines. Select your cuisine and then consult the restaurant’s Sommelier (if they have one) or the manager (who should have a good knowledge of wine pairing) for the perfect bottle of wine to go with your food. Now celebrate an amazing Valentine’s Day with your date over good food and some even better wine.It is the perfect formula for love.

If eating out is not your style, then rest assured, this is just the way to invite romance. You can surprise your valentine by cooking up an intimate dinner for two in the cozy warmth of your home. Buy a bottle or two of good wine; our Nine Hills Sauvignon Blanc or Shiraz Rosé should do the trick. Now pop the cork, share the wine over your favorite love songs and leave the rest to cupid.

Valentine Tip:As red is the color of Valentine, impress your date with a red wine. Nine Hills’ award winning reds Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon will do the honors quite nicely.

Say it in style, say it with wine. Cheers!