Five Wines To Delight Your Sweet Tooth
Amp up the festive season with our curated set of sweet wines that celebrate that most uniquely Indian passion for all things sugared.
Indians love sweet wine. Neither myth nor a cliche, this is a credible and durable truth that ages well and is nothing to the sheepish about. Sure, the palate for complex and structured Bordeaux and ripe full bodied Tuscans is widely praised for being ‘evolved’, Indian sweet wines buffs can’t be scoffed at for hankering after honeyed ferments. Sweet tooth is inherent to Indian culinary culture – we’ve grown up on an infinite platter of saccharine edibles and fluids. It’d be fair to speculate that the first sighting of chilled rose would have evoked the memory of rose sherbet guzzled at the height of a north Indian summer while a barrel aged golden Chardonnay would have been mistaken for ‘kesar’ sherbet. The wine world itself teems with rich pickings of sweet wines, albeit forbiddingly at the premium edge of the scale.
The indulgently sweet wines of Sauternes in Bordeaux of all places is the muse of many a paen, especially the unattainable Chateau d’Yquem while German and Canadian ice wines, harvested from grape picked at sub-zero temperature is gushed over as if it were urban legend and not a real thing. It is, only if you can find it outside of the countries that make it and drink nearly all of it. However, we have industriously managed to curate a bunch of sweeties from the new world with one delicious Germanic exception that’ll more than adequately sate that uniquely Indian appetite for this style of wine. And with Diwali just around the corner, how about setting down a perfect accompaniment to the ‘mithais’ that’ll amp up the festive season this October. Cheers!