New Yorkers Raise a Glass to Toast Mirza Ghalib,
French Wine Especially Blended to Complement Indian Cuisine
(New York, NY – March 1, 2013) More than 100 New Yorkers from the finance, fashion, and wine/beverage industries attended the tasting event for MIRZA GHALIB, the first trio of wines (red, white, and rose) presented by newly-launched company Sufi Wines, on Thursday night at Devi Restaurant. Wine enthusiasts sipped the Cabarnet Sauvignon/Merlot/Syrah blend, as well as the Viognier, both of which are from the Pays D’Oc region of France and are especially blended to complement the richness, complexity, and spicy nature of Indian foods.
The Cabarnet Sauvignon is described as well-balanced with velvety smooth tannins and main aromas of red mature fruits and spices. This varietal best accompanies Indian vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes such as tandooris, tikkas, kebabs, baltis, curries, vindaloos, and biryanis. The Voignier is described as round, velvety, aromatic, and dry, with a final touch of vanilla. This varietal best accompanies Indian fish dishes, as well as vegetarian delicacies such as pakoras, samosas, bhajias, lentils, and curries. Finally, the Syrah contains a fine aromatic expression of fruits and flowers such as black currants, cherries, and violets; it is also best accompanied with both vegetarian and non-vegetarian Indian food.
“Devi was the first restaurant to have faith in our wines and carry them at their restaurant, so it made perfect sense for us to have our launch party here,” says Sam Bhatia, Principal and Founder of Sufi Wines. “Now, we’re in more than 20 Indian restaurants in the tri-state area, and that number is growing organically through word-of-mouth. We want Mirza Ghalib to be the preferred wine for any Indian meal around the world.”
The wine retails at stores for between $14 and $18 a bottle. At restaurants, Mirza Ghalib costs between $40 and $50. To order a bottle or caseonline, visit www.sufiwines.com.
(from L to R): Indur & Aroon Shivdasani (Indo-American Arts Council), Joya Dass (CNN, New York One, and AVS Anchor), Sam Bhatia (Principal & Founder of Sufi Wines), and Richard Mei (China Airlines).
(from L to R): Sam Bhatia (Principal & Founder of Sufi Wines), Jaswant Lalwani (Corocoran Real Estate), Judi Kilachand (JINGO Media), and Kunal Lamba (General Manager of Devi Restaurant).
Crowd enjoying Mirza Ghalib wines at launch party