“It would be ‘Oh so nice’ if the solution to getting hot in Mumbai were like the lyrics to the song by Nelly. However, till we get past our prudishness there are a few ways to cool off during the hot summer months. None of us are drinking Chardonnays or Merlots in this May heat with the temperature solely in control of the weather gods,” says Nikhil Agarwal, sommelier and founder of All Things Nice.
“With air conditioning and fans at homes and hotels, you could be drinking anything. I’d definitely be drinking a lot more white and rose wines simply because they’re enjoyed best at about 11 degrees Celsius and are generally lower in alcohol (don’t fret you can always sip on more!) You must also indulge in sparkling wines, served even colder than the whites at six degrees.
They are incredibly refreshing,” he adds.
Aneesh Bhasin, founder, Hipcask (India’s first wine app) couldn’t agree more. “You can serve the whites and the roses chilled. They are also not as full bodied as the reds which can sometimes get too heavy. The best thing about these wines is that they can be consumed for brunch or dinner and are versatile,” says Bhasin. “Pair them with all kinds of cuisines. Avoid too much spice. It might kill the delicate taste of the wine,” he adds.
Charosa Sauvignon Blanc
Grover Zampa Brut Rose
York Chenin Blanc
Fratelli M/S - Sauvignon Blanc Chardonnay
— Aneesh Bhasin
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