There can hardly be a better way to begin the New Year than with a bottle of wine to set the tone for the months ahead. But amidst so many choices, which wines should you pick that would be the perfect way to kickstart the year? We asked sommelier Gargi Kothari to make the hard decision and came away blown with her handpicked list of wines.
Gargi stumbled upon wine by chance eight years ago and fell in love with it, going on to pursue her career in wine. She’s a WSET Level 3 qualified sommelier, and has been curating wine experiences since 2016, bringing people together over conversations about wine. Since last year, she has been curating monthly wine selections for people to enjoy in the comfort of their homes. Who better to suggest the best wines that you can drink in 2021?
1) Move over Champagne!
2) Volcanic Vines
Price: INR 3988 in Mumbai
3) Chardonnay, Single Vineyard. Indian
4) Pink from Provence
Undoubtedly the most premium region for Roses, the Provence region of France has the perfect terroir for making high-quality roses that are rich with a whole lot of elegance. The Aix Rose is made in the 135-year-old winery of Maison Saint Aix with the typical Provencal blend of Cinsault, Grenache and Syrah with the 2019 vintage having a touch of Carignan. Perfect as an all-day wine, this rose is quite famous the world over and has just made its entry into India.
Price: INR 3972 in Mumbai
5) Pinot is Love
6) From the Land of Origin
7) A Brunello from an Ancient Castle
First a temple, then a fortress and a monastery, then a castle, a manor house, a shelter for shepherds and their flocks, and, finally, an art workshop and winery. From the Etruscans to the Romans, through the turbulent Middle Ages, abandonment and then restoration by Sandro Chia in the eighties, Castello Romitorio is a place where time has a physical, tangible dimension.
Price: INR 9674 in Mumbai
8) Chilean Charmer
Price: INR 2200 in Mumbai
9) The 5th Child of the Illustrious Haut-Brion Family
Price: INR 6333 in Mumbai
10) Rising Star from Spain
11) An Icon of Northern Rhone
INR 3990 in Mumbai
12) From the Slopes of Igatpuri
13) A Maverick Spirit of South Africa
14) India’s Finest
15) Burgundy Bliss
Price: INR 13,215 in Mumbai
Those are the wines that are #HandpickedByGargi that would be perfect to kickstart this year full of promises. You can reach out to Gargi via email on firstname.lastname@example.org or DM her on Instagram here in case you wish to buy any of the wines in this list.