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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!

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Organizing a Wine Dinner

January 30, 2012 Leave a comment

As the wine culture in India is rapidly taking momentum, more and more people have started taking their wines seriously. You will find wines being served not only at big lavish parties but also at casual home dinners. You can organize your own wine dinner and make a success of it by following a few guidelines.

The first rule of thumb is to pair your wine well with the kind of food you are serving as the subtle taste of wine can bring out the fine flavors of the food. If you are serving more than one kind of wine with the meal, the general theory is to serve white wines before reds, light wines before heavier and bolder ones, and dry wines prior to sweeter ones.

Every wine lover knows the rule of pairing the meat with red wine and fishes with white wine but when it comes to multi-course Indian cuisine, with its complex flavors of spices and sauces, it becomes a different ballgame altogether. In here, it would be better to consider the manner in which the dish is cooked, which part of the country the dish belongs to, what the key ingredients are and which spices have been used. And finally the key is to trust your own sense of taste and what you think you enjoy the most.

For the aperitifs, serve your guests some dry and refreshing wines. A glass of bubbly (champagne) and sparkling wines with delicate hors d’oeuvres should be ideal to start with. They cleanse the palate and their neat acidity helps in working up the salivary glands. Our Nine Hills Shiraz Rose with its fruity aromas is perfect for appetizers and light entrées.

Red wine is a good match for red meat, barbeques and chicken. Our feisty red wines, Nine Hills Shiraz and Nine Hills Cabernet Sauvignon can stand up to fiery and intense food favoring chilly, garlic and spices.

For lightly spiced vegetarian dishes or sea food, you will do amazingly well by choosing a crisp and delicate white wine like our own Nine Hills Sauvignon Blanc.

And finally, to satiate your sweet tooth, you can serve sweet wines also called dessert wines (as the late harvests have a generous amount of residue sugar in it) as an accompaniment to a dessert or as the dessert itself.

If you are ever in doubt, then champagne is your savior as you can never go wrong with serving champagne. The bubbly sparkling wine pairs tremendously well with most Indian dishes.

Now make a child’s play out of your wine dinner. Bon Appétit!

Gift Nine Hills Wine this Season!!!

December 22, 2011 Leave a comment

This festive season make an elegant statement by gifting wine to your loved ones. And which better wine than the best — Nine Hills Wine.

We have a whole range of varietals for you to choose from. Sharing some quick specifications to help you make an informed choice —

  • Nine Hills Chenin Blanc: A great white wine with a golden hue, light floral & fruity aromas.Pairs well with salads and appetizers.

  • Nine Hills Sauvignon Blanc: Another superb white wine which has a pale golden color with pronounced aromas of passion fruit, pineapple and fresh lime.Pairs well with salads and seafood dishes.
  • Nine Hills Shiraz: One of our award-winning reds, Nine Hills Shiraz has a deep red color with hints of violet. This full bodied wine with soft velvety tannins expresses fruity notes of cherry and strawberry. Pairs well with various meats & barbecue dishes.
  • Nine Hills Cabernet Sauvignon: Another of our award-winning reds, it has a nice red terracotta color with purple highlights and it expresses hints of cherry, vanilla and capsicum aromas. It’s well-balanced acidity and soft tannins charm the palate and leave a lingering finish. Pairs well with various meats and cheeses.
  • Nine Hills Shiraz Rose: It is shining pink with violet hues, it’s crispy, has fruity aromas and it expresses hints of cherry and strawberry. Pairs well with oriental cuisine,sea-food, salads and appetizers.
  • Nine Hills Cabernet Sauvignon reserve: It isdeep terracotta red in colour and expresses hints of cherry, light spices and black berries with a bouquet of vanilla. Pairs best with various cheeses, lightly spiced Tandoori meat and vegetarian dishes.
  • Nine Hills Wine Shiraz Reserve: It has a deep purple colour and it expresses aromas of fresh fruit, nuts and coffee with a bouquet of vanilla. Pairs well with various cheese and vegetarian dishes.
  • Nine Hills Viognier: Our newest arrival has a pale golden colour, elegant floral nose with refreshing peach and lychee flavours. Serve it with salads and sea-food.

 

A red, satin ribbon tied around the bottle or a bunch of fresh orchids with it gives it that perfect finishing touch. And the effort never fails. Watch out for the smile of approval when you present it……

Nine Hills Wine Going Places

November 30, 2011 Leave a comment

Yes, we are all over the country now – from small towns to ethereal hill stations. And going by the initial reaction, people are lapping us up wherever we have laid feet.

We made this journey with four of our grandest wines – two from the cellars of whites (Nine Hills Chenin Blanc and Sauvignon Blanc) and two from the barrels of reds (Nine Hills Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon).

Let’s take you on a whirlwind tour of our latest invasions, practically from the east of the country to the west…..

  • Assam: Yeah. We have actually dared to enter the land of tea!! And no, the one-horned rhino did not stop us…

  • Meghalaya: Streets lined with beautiful cherry-blossoms greeted us when we reached this hill state. The capital city, Shillong, is by far one of the most stylishly dressed in the country.

 

  • Nagpur: This city in the centre of the country gave us a huge toast upon our arrival (and scolded us for not reaching earlier, despite being in the same state!!!)

  • Aurangabad: Know that Aurangabad is your destination when you want to see the famous caves, Ajanta and Ellora. When you go visiting now, you will no longer miss your favourite drink

  • Kolhapur: Why this city with one of the highest number of Mercs being driven around did not have access to the best wines is a mystery to us too. Well no longer though. The Kolhapuris can now sip our famous whites and reds……….

Cheers to all these new places in the Nine Hills Wine map!!!

Vine To Wine

November 17, 2011 Leave a comment

In September, we had done a feature on the stages of grape-growing – Nine Hills Vineyard Cycle. With this feature, we take you on the journey of the grapes from being harvested to when it’s ready to be sipped as wine – the Vine to Wine journey.

  • Ripening & Plucking of Grapes:
    • When the grapes are ripe enough and reach the right brix level, our winemaker plucks a handful to find out if they taste just right, chews the seeds and measures the sugar content. Once satisfied that the time has come, he gets his team of vineyard workers to harvest the grapes.
    • As they set out to harvest their produce, vineyard workers aim to do it in the shortest possible time, early in the morning.
    • They collect all the grapes in large crates which are then rushed to the winery for crushing

  • Crushing of Grapes: No, in wineries, they do not crush the grapes with their feet. It is considered unhygienic — They use pneumatic presses. Red wines are produced by de-stemming and crushing the grapes into a tank and leaving the skins in contact with the juice throughout the fermentation. Most white wines are processed without de-stemming or crushing and are transferred from picking bins directly to the press.
  • Fermentation: The juice, skins, and seeds (not for white wines) are poured then into stainless steel fermenting tanks. Special wine, cultured yeast is added at this stage to this grape juice. Fermentation begins when the yeast begins to feed on the sugars present in the grape juice. Carbon dioxide and alcohol are by-products of this process.
  • Aging: Once the grape juice has fermented into wine, the wine is poured into barrels/tanks for aging. During the aging process, the wines change tanks/barrels several times in order to remove solids from the bottom of the tanks.
  • Bottling: When our winemaker is satisfied that the wine is now ready to move from the barrels/tanks, they are bottled where the wine will stay and continue to age. Once the wine in the bottle is ready, it is then shipped and sipped by you and me!!!