For thoroughly narcissistic reasons, last night at the newish Nepali-Indian Chicago Curry House in the South Loop, I ordered a bottle of the 2007 Sula Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc. Sula, no relation to me, is the bright and shining sun of the nascent Indian wine industry. It was founded in 2000 by a expat Silicon Valley finance manager who’d returned home to his native Nashik, in northwestern Maharashtra, an area previously known for its table grapes. Sula, now the number one producer of Indian vino, certainly has a compelling story.
So how was it? It’s a perfectly drinkable New World style, citrusy, floral, but without a lot of depth. I haven’t been able to locate it at retail locally, but the few online sources place it around the $11 mark. At the Curry House it’s a particularly galling $27, but it went just fine with the momo and lamb choela.