A Wine-Tasting session in Kolkata with Sula

In 1999, Rajeev Samant established Sula Vineyards, Nashik’s first winery and paved the way for the emergence of India’s Wine Capital, with almost 35 other wineries following suit in the region over the next decade. The name “Sula” came from his mother’s name – “Sulabha” – and symbolized the rich, Indian heritage of his wines. This was a wine that took pride in being Indian, being the first company in the country to use an Indian logo. Today, Sula is India’s leading wine company and is leading the charge of Indian wine across the wine world.

Do you enjoy Alcoholic Drinks in the Rainy Season ? It can’t get better when you decide to pen down the experience of a session of wine tasting when most places of the city is waterlogged and people are happy to call it off as a Rainy day and enjoy Khichuri and Ilish at home. It’s time to swim in Wine and it’s Sula – India’s #1 premium wine company . Time to uncorking some wine bottles ! DSC_0003

The cold breeze, raindrops dripping at my window, the sound of rain falling in my lawn and the chilled atmosphere are the things that make us curl up in bed with our blankets and waste the day away with Netflix. Off course, it would be better with some snacks and a nice glass of wine.

This relaxed yet informative tasting session took place yesterday satisfied the wine fan’s thirst for extensive knowledge of contemporary Indian wine making as well as the novice visitor like me interested in sampling some delicious new product.
This tasting lasted 1.5 hours and included wines, as well as a fabulous time among friends from Monotel – 4 Star Luxury Business Hotel.DSC_0019DSC_0023DSC_0059DSC_0065DSC_0066

This type of Session is a must do for wine lovers and wine skeptics alike! Assistant Manager Tasting and Marketing East zone, Sula – Soham’s knowledge of the land, produce and products was exceptional and the small group made for an intimate and fun day.

With the help of slides and an efficient team of waiters from Monotel he gave us a crash course on the domain of wines. From its inception in 2000, its transformation, growth, he told us a lot. Some of it might have slipped from the mind !DSC_0031DSC_0109DSC_0125DSC_0155

Sula Vineyard receives approximately 2,00,000 visitors every year. I am seriously looking forward to live the Sula life next year with few Wine lovers for sure. Good grapes, good terroir & offcourse Good wine.

Sula has made history as the first Indian company to win a Drinks Business Award. Sula Vineyards – India’s # 1 wine producer was awarded for ‘Best contribution to Wine and Spirits Tourism’. This award recognizes global wine and spirits company’s efforts to draw customers to a unique tourism experience.

The Tasting Room, the tour of our historic vineyards and winery and taste a fine selection of wines and antipasto while savouring the stunning panorama vineyards with the beautiful Gangapur Lake in the distance. Relive your life with a glass of wine in hand.

Want to get married in European style ? Need Amphitheatre ? A gorgeous open-air Greek style Amphitheatre with a spectacular view of green hills and the Gangapur lake is available for anniversaries, weddings, musical events or just a get together to share a great evening of wine, food & fun!

Can’t wait to hog around this venues ! But Slides kept on rolling ! The Process of making Wine.

Sampling – Harvest – Crushing / Pressing – Fermentation – Blending – Stabilizing – Aging – Filtration – Bottling / Labeling / Dispatch. Certainly it’s not an easy job to get ready with a bottle of quality wine without so many perfect steps.

Next we had been taught about handling of wine bottle, uncork and pouring. Art is everywhere ! DSC_0068DSC_0072DSC_0076

Ultimately a smile in the face of Mine – the wine lover. Enough of literature ! Now the real tasting ! No, I had to wait again. The 5 S of tasting slide is yet to be uncovered. Never knew that the letter ‘S’ is so important in wine.  But along with these S, T for temperature is also important for getting the best possible taste of a wine precisely The Serving Temperature which plays vital role to get the best out of wine as a consumer.

See – Colour / Clarity DSC_0092

Swirl – Breathe / Open UpDSC_0134

Smell – The era of confusion began ! Nobody was sure about smell and confident with their nose unless “Soham” came up with his version. And typical First day college students like nod from everyone in the audience to go along with “Dean Soham”. No Munnabhai MBBS to question Soham, the story of the evening. DSC_0095

Sip – Sweetness / Flavour / Body / others. Atlast the actual tasting session has arrived. Good packages really comes in small session. DSC_0136

Spit – for the better understanding of wine and its difference in taste. Though hardly anyone chose to spit. There were around 12 – 15 in audience and wines were serving like “Prasadam to Pilgrims”. None could have say no to that. Me ? I was only sad blogger in that session with GM, F & B Manager, Bar Manager and other service staffs. DSC_0115

Sadly choose to taste lesser amount to preserve for Photoshoot and beating my own drums to share this session. In the age of Instagram who does not want to click photos. DSC_0138

The wines we tasted that day were nothing new for me except the Dessert Wine.

Sula BrutThe Sparkling Wine – Winner of Indian Wine Consumer’s Choice Award 2014. Best served at 6-8oC. A complex blend of Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay, Viognier, Pinot Noir, Riesling and Shiraz. This is one of the few “Méthode Champenoise” wines in the world to be crafted from six different grapes, resulting in something remarkable. This exceptionally smooth, buttery & complex wine can be paired with fried or creamy dishes as well as lighter Asian cuisine such as dim sum and steamed food. Serve well chilled.

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Sula Dindori –  The White WineWinner of Indian Wine Consumer’s Choice Award 2013. Best served at 6-8oC. Dindori Reserve Viognier is an exotic elixir of peach and lychee flavours. Floral, spicy, stunning. Great as an aperitif and terrific with spicy food. Serve well chilled.DSC_0109DSC_0113

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Sula Rasa Shiraz –  The Red Wine Best served at 16oC. It is possibly India’s best reserve Shiraz. It is a complex wine, with power and finesse. Crafted from handpicked grapes from our own estate vineyards, Rasa Shiraz is aged for 12 months in premium French oak barrels and then further matured in the bottle before release. The wine is drinking beautifully now, opulent and lush, with supple tannins and a peppery finish. A limited edition wine. Serve slightly chilled. To fully enjoy this special wine, its recommend that the bottle be opened and decanted 30 minutes prior to serving.DSC_0128DSC_0217DSC_0224

Sula Late Harvest Chenin Blanc –  The Dessert Wine Best served at 6 – 8 oC. Abounding with aromas of mango, honey and tropical fruit, this award winning Late Harvest Chenin Blanc is the perfect close to a delicious meal, but is also an elegant aperitif. Perfect with fruit and nut platters, desserts, cheeses, cakes, cookies and pies. Serve well chilled.
*India’s first ever Late Harvest Chenin Blanc!DSC_0155DSC_0202DSC_0219

I enjoyed the visit to the wine tasting session where I learnt much about the grapes, the harvesting and the making of the wine. The tasting session was quite informative and we came away with a lot more knowledge. The hotel management were very helpful in accommodating my dietary needs and the food was delicious. The whole day felt relaxed but nicely paced. Excellent value and I’d definitely recommend it to any wine lover.

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And at the end a photoshoot session with Mr. Soham and Mr. Debdulal from Sula. A thoroughly enjoyable day. A bottle of wine will surely make your rainy days more perfect.DSC_0167

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