With numerous local brands such as Grover, Sula and Chataeu Indage flooding the market, wine drinking is becoming the drink of choice in many cities. We spoke to food and beverages manager at the Shangri-La, Rohit Bajpai, for quick tips on preserving and consuming wine. “Wine is like a lady, you have to give her respect to gain respect back” said Bajai enthusiastically.
The new Enomatic wine system at the Shangri-La, New Delhi. This system is the first in India. It ensures that wine remains fresh upto a month after opening due to the nitrogen used. It prevents oxidation that normally results in wine turning into vinegar.
To quickly chill a bottle of wine before a party, put it in a bucket of ice. Don’t just plonk the bottle in the bucket but rotate it every couple of minutes.
Before you consume a bottle of red wine refrigerate it for five to seven minutes. Red wine is only supposed to be consumed at room temperature in France. For Indian conditions, a few minutes of chilling will ensure the right temperature for consumption.
While storing an opened bottle of wine, keep it in the fridge in an upright position with the cap on. If the bottle came with a cork, buy a wine stopper from the local market and make sure that the bottle is shut tight.
While consuming French red wine, pour the wine into a decanter. This allows the wine to breathe as French wine is normally aged wine. The breathing process will allow it to regain its original flavour and taste.