Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Price: unknown
Region: India
Year: unknown

I am having a little problem uploading the picture for my blog this week, and I think it may have to do with the fact I am doing mt first international blog.  Before I get into that though, I want to say 2012 didn't turn out exactly as planned.  It wasn't necessarily in a bad way, but in terms of my wine blog, I ended up with about half as many posts as previous years. That is definitely something I plan to fix going forward.  Part of the reason I have not posted a new blog in a while is that I am just getting used to typing with two hands as I broke my wrist pretty badly a few days before Christmas.  There wasn't much I could do except try to get it back to some working order.  It is better now, but not 100% there yet, so hopefully soon.

Anyway, this week I find myself in India for a business trip.  To be honest, the last thing I thought I would be doing is writing a wine blog entry for an Indian wine.  However, at a dinner put on by our hosts last night, I tried an Indian red wine from Sula wineries.  This particular wine was a blend of Merlot and Malbec.  I few people told me on the way over that if I tasted Indian wine, it wold be earthy, almost to the point of tasting dirt.  While I tend to be an adventurous type when it comes to trying wine, I wasn't sure I was up for drinking something that reminded people of dirt.  As this was the only red wine available for dinner, I thought I'd give it a try.  When someone poured me a glass, I saw right away the wine had nice color.  It looked to me to up to par with other wines of the same variety for sure.  Next I swirled my glass a bit and took in the aroma.  To my surprise, it had a very nice, but not overpowering smell of fruit.  In that same vein, as I took a sip, I tasted a wine with a very nice fruit-forward flavor (I would say predominantly blackberry).  I was quite surprised that overall I thought this wine was very solid.  It was a bit short, but the flavor was very good, and I found myself asking for another glass in a few short minutes.  I'm really not sure how much availability this is for this wine outside of India, but if you find yourself in these parts, it is definitely a safe bet.  I'll look for a good picture foer this wine when I am back home in a few days.

Rating: 3.25 Corks (If you are in India, give it a try)