The drudgery of monsoon is upon us. Like a creeping malaise, the moisture and mildew pervade our most sensitive parts, giving rise in equal measure to boredom and melancholy. And as I peer out my window at the detritus that is Juhu beach during monsoon, I ask myself a simple question. What else is there to do when the rain outside is falling from the heavens at the velocity of a F1 missile at near horizontal direction, and the mere thought of donning your Driza-Bone Bluey jacket and fashionista rubber galoshes to trudge through the minefield of potholes and Mumbai street flotsam, brings you nothing less than an acute case of reflux?
There is but one ideal remedy for all the monsoon madness; Drink! Now I don’t mean drink to numb the pain of the wet, I mean drink to whet. Whet your curiosity, whet the appetite, whet your enthusiasm, whet to stimulate, to make one keen or eager … sounds like a hell of a lot more fun that sitting counting the rain drops on the window pane, doesn’t it? So what to drink in a world drowning in choices? Wine of course. To coin an old adage ‘life is too short to drink cheap wine’ so don’t settle for just any wine, settle for reasonable at best or best whenever reasonable..
So on this day, with my head stuck in my wine cabinet surveying the shelves, my own mind turns to what shall, what should and what shouldn’t I put in my glass. My hand reaches for several worthy options that are worthy of any time of the day.
Tis no secret that I am an adoring fan or everything coloured Rosé. known in unflattering terms as pink wine. Question; how pink is pink? Don’t judge this book by its cover is all I suggest. I mean who was it that first tagged pink as a girls colour anyway? Shame on you that think Rosé is nothing more than a girly wine. If I can sum it up in one, it is like summer in a glass, and certainly my recommendation for the best foot forward on any wet monsoon day. Try the Fratelli Shiraz Rosé, lean and elegant with oodles of class and character. you watch how many people follow suit when they see what you have in your glass.
My second hand has reached for something a little further afield from a wonderful part of the world; Colchagua Valley in Chile and from one, Vina Caliterra. This producer of excellent wines offers a hardy Chardonnay to fill you with happiness. Expresses everything good about wine from Chile. Great quality and awesome drinkability. Mouthfuls of flavour and texture all encased in
elegance…This is one of those anytime any moment sort of wines.
Of course, I have a cheeky little red on my mind and tucked under my arm for those so inclined. Fratelli vineyards Vitae single vineyard Sangiovese; Fratelli’s ode to all that is Chianti and all that is possible in India with this most parochial of Italian grape varieties. Piero Masi works his magic to produce a worthy interpretation for you to ponder.. Bright red fruit, savoury smokiness and mouthfuls of flavour and texture certainly offer up an excellent final consideration of what to put in your glass to while away the hours during monsoon.
Whatever your tipple, do it well!
Drink less, but drink better, and always drink in moderation. Cheers!!