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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!

The Verdict

December 27, 2011 Leave a comment

From Day One, it looked like a fierce battle is imminent. The last day toppled it all………..

The first day we asked, “One of the latest varietal that Nine Hills Wine launched is ____”, and all twenty-nine participants replied ‘Nine Hills Viognier’ correctly!!

2nd Day: The question was, “Wine that pairs with the turkey roast during Christmas is ___”. This time, twenty-seven people said ‘White Wine’ and got it right

3rd Day: We asked, “Wine Barrels are made from the wood of which tree?” and all fifty-seven entries were correct!!

4th Day: With the scene heating up, we asked whether “Nine Hills Cabernet Sauvignon won the “Best Indian Red Wine” at the First Indian Wine Challenge” on the fourth day, and fifty-seven Nine Hills Wine fans came back with a resounding “Yes”!!

5th Day: Sure that we were heading towards a massive lucky-draw, our final question was, “Rose Wine is made from _____”. The options were red grapes, green grapes or both. This saw the highest response – sixty-two in all. But the clincher was, only 3 participants answered it correctly. Rose is made from both red and green grapes. Hence, the third option, ‘both’, was the correct answer!!!

After a very well-participated contest, there emerged two participants who answered all 5 questions correctly – Abhishek Sinha and Kalyan Panja. Seeing the earnest participation, Nine Hills Wine’s team has decided to declare both Abhishek and Kalyan joint winners!!! Both of them will individually win the hampers from Nine Hills Wine and Borges.

Encouraged by your interest and participation, we, at Nine Hills Wine, have decided to run another contest called – BRINGING IN 2012 Contest. This time round, we will announce four winners from across the 4 zones in our country. So gear up once again.

Congratulations Abhishek Sinha and Kalyan Panja. Both of you will win a Nine Hills Celebration Hamper and a Borges Hamper.

Welcome, BRINGING IN 2012 Contest.

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After a very well-participated contest, there emerged two participants who answered all 5 questions correctly – Abhishek Sinha and Kalyan Panja. Seeing the earnest participation, Nine Hills Wine’s team has decided to declare both Abhishek and Kalyan joint winners!!! Both of them will individually win the hampers from Nine Hills Wine and Borges.

Encouraged by your interest and participation, we, at Nine Hills Wine, have decided to run another contest called – BRINGING IN 2012 Contest. This time round, we will announce four winners from across the 4 zones in our country. So gear up once again.

Congratulations Abhishek Sinha and Kalyan Panja. Both of you will win a Nine Hills Celebration Hamper and a Borges Hamper.

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……

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!!!

Say Cheese. Say Cheers.

November 8, 2011 Leave a comment

A recent post on our Facebook page, “Cheese and Grapes – Divine Combination” with a matching photograph, garnered quite a few ‘likes’ and ‘shares’. This prompted us to do a complete blog-post on how superbly cheese compliments wine, their specific pairing.

The globe-trotting Indians need not depend on foreign tours or duty-free stores in airports for their regular stock of good cheese. Several high-end super-marts across our cities now stock a wide range of cheese from the best brands around the world. Be it the softer varieties like Feta, Mozarella, goat cheese or the hard ones like cheddar, Edam, Provolone from the choicest of hamlets in Europe, you get them all in our country.

But just as wine-drinking is new in India, so is the appreciation for cheese. We therefore bring to you a feature which does not delve into an exotic and uber discussion on cheese and wine. For ‘starters’ let’s take the cheese that are easily available in the market and see how well we can pair them with our Nine Hills wines.

  • Cheddar:   Hails from England, is semi-hard and can be mild or sharp. The mild cheddar goes well with Sauvignon Blanc while you will love the sharp one with our Shiraz Reserve.
  •  Edam: Belongs to the Dutch country and is a hard cheese. Once again, you will simply love it with Nine Hills Shiraz Reserve.
  • Feta: This soft cheese comes from the currently financially-troubled country in Europe, Greece. Drink it with Nine Hills Sauvignon Blanc and see how it opens up the taste buds in your tongue.
  • Goat Cheese: Primarily a product from France, a number of other European countries excel in it too. It belongs to the soft cheese category and blends most beautifully with Nine Hills Chenin Blanc.
  • Mozarella: The country which gave the world Michaelangelo, gave Mozarella cheese too. A widely used cheese in pizza, pasta dishes and lasagna, mozzarella can be Mozzarella di Bufala (buffalo mozzarella) or mozzarella fior di latte (made from cow’s milk). Both are the soft variety and blend well with light red wines and the white wines. Nine Hills’ Sauvignon Blanc is the best match.
  • Parmesan: Named after an area in Italy, Parmesan is one of the world’s most popular and widely-enjoyed cheeses. It is usually grated and is used to make spaghetti and pasta dishes. Pairs exceedingly well with Nine Hills’ Shiraz Reserve.
  • Provolone: Once again from Italy, this cheese belongs to the semi-hard category. Provolone can be both piquant in taste (Provolone Piccante) as well as mild and sweet, Provolone Dolce. Both the types go well with Nine Hills Cabernet Sauvigyon.

Finally, there is no final word on ‘which cheese for which wine’. But remember, at the outset, the cheese you choose is dependent upon the type of wine you choose. Stronger cheeses should be paired with stronger wines, such as Cabernet. Lighter cheeses are best paired with delicate wines such as a Sauvignon Blanc.

Lastly, experiment with your own pairings and see if you can come up with a new ‘divine’ combination.

Cheese. And Cheers!!

Nine Hills, Nine Hills Everywhere….

September 20, 2011 Leave a comment

…..and you can drink it too…by the glass!!! For, the floodgates have been opened……

If you live in Gurgaon, Delhi or Ludhiana, or in case you are visiting any of these cities, we have for you a bonanza of offers….

Check out —

  • Café Rouge at Ramada, Gurgaon – where you can have a complimentary glass of Nine Hills wine if you plan to go for the buffet there.

  • Fern Residency Ecotel hotel, Gurgaon – Enjoy our Special Price of Rs.599 on Nine Hills Pint!!!

  • Kipps Store, Ludhiana – You get to take home a Wine Glass complimentary with a bottle of Nine Hills Wine

  • Nesh Wine Studio, Ludhiana – Build on your glasses collection when you buy a bottle of Nine Hills Wine. Take home a glass complimentary

  • Retail Stores (Spencers, Easy Day, Galleria Market, Trinity, Super Mart), Gurgaon — Get two Wine Glasses complimentary with a bottle of Nine Hills Wine while buying your monthly ration.

  • Tonino, MG Road Delhi – Dining at the speciality high-end Italian restaurant? Order a glass of Nine Hills Wine and get a glass complimentary.

  • ND Roya Treat, Regent, Blues, United coffee house (Gurgaon) — Order a bottle of Nine Hills Wine and get a complimentary food platter!!!

It, indeed, is Nine Hills everywhere………..Do you have one in your lips?