A Touch Of Liquid Gold To Liven Up The Ol’ Red And Green


Looking for a Christmas gift that exudes elegance, commemorates celebration and truly captures the essence of the Christmas season? Vintage Wines Private Limited, creators of the premium Reveilo wine label, have launched the perfect solution for you – an elegant wine gift set that makes for an ideal complement to the sprit of Christmas. Custom create your gift by choosing from a selection of Reveilo wines that include the award winning Chenin Blanc and the newly launched dessert wine – the deliciously flavoured Late Harvest Chenin Blanc (LHCB), created in consultation with Italian winemaker – Andrea Valentinuzzi. It is a perfect gift this Christmas. The attractive gift box can fit two wines, chosen by especially by you, and are priced upwards of Rs. 1010.

The creation of LHBC was quite an unexpected twist for the company. In early April, six months after pruning, the grapes had started turning into raisins. Andrea Valentinuzzi’s visit from Italy had been delayed; when he arrived, he found inspiration in the sun-dried over-ripe berries for a delectable dessert wine. A selection of five tonnes of over-ripe grapes were individually hand-sorted and made into 2500 litres of exclusive Reveilo Late Harvest Chenin Blanc Dessert wine. The LHCB is priced at Rs 845 for a 375 ml bottle.

“The Late Harvest Chenin Blanc has a lovely golden hue and an underlying aroma reminiscent of honey and scorched almonds,” says Mr Yatin Patil, Director of Vintage Wines. “These intertwine on the palate with impressions of liqueur and dried apricots. It is mouth-filling, rich and sweet, but has retained enough edge to provide it with perfect balance. Though our first batch was fortuitous, we plan to continue with this wine range as it is being highly appreciated by premier dining establishments and wine enthusiasts.

A big ho! ho! ho! to that!

Currently Reveilo wines are available in Mumbai, Pune, Nashik & Bangalore, and plan to increase their presence to Delhi, Kolkatta, Chennai, Jaipur, Hyderabad and the other prime metros and mini-metros.

Pairing Dessert Wine

A good general rule to follow is that the wine should be sweeter than the food it is served with.  A perfect peach is an oft used example as an ideal partner for a dessert wine.  A challenging example would be a chocolate or toffee based dessert.  Dessert wines are often paired with a bakery sweet; consider a baked good with a hint of a bitter flavor, like an almond biscuit or almond topped croissant. Chocolates, after-mints, strong cheeses like Stilton, Gorgonzola or other mustiness cheeses and rich biscuits at tea time are wonderful companions to dessert wine.

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