What I Drink: Shobhaa De

Shobhaa De
Shobhaa De is a best-selling author, columnist, social commentator and die-hard foodie, who likes to demystify fine wining and dining…
“Please don’t waste a mellow Petrus on me. And yes, you needn’t decant that Latour either. When it comes to reds – even the best of the best – my tongue rebels. I’m very much a Blanc de Blanc woman.I like my wines light, fruity and friendly. Give me a happy rosé ……give me a light and lovely Zinfandel, and you’ll see me sparkle. But those deep, mysterious and intense Reds…they just make me nervous.

I see dinner companions roll their favourite Bordeaux or Burgundy in a handsome Riedel and I literally see…you’ve guessed it – red!!”


I am not a wine snob, and can’t tolerate being at the same table with anybody parading to be one, either. Of course, there are knowledgeable wine lovers whose company can be as glorious and full-bodied as the best Saint Emilion. But for someone like myself, who prefers to maintain a casual relationship with my wines, rather than a committed affair, an evening can be splendid if the company sparkles more than the bubbly on offer. I’m perfectly happy drinking a local, well-chilled Chenin Blanc (Sula is my all-time favourite), and prefer it to a badly-travelled Pouilly Fuissé. What’s the point paying an indecent amount to import a decent French wine, which (poor darling) cannot handle the Indian Summer?


Subscriber Only Content

A paid subscription is required for access to all content other than the Grapevine section. Subscribe below for access to all Sommelier India articles online and to get the print magazine delivered to your doorstep.

Sign In here if you have already subscribed for access. You can request a password from your account page once you’ve entered your email address. If you are unable to access an article after signing in, it may mean your subscription has expired. For other sign in queries email team@sommelierindia.com

Subscribe by Credit Card

 

Subscribe by mailing a Cheque or Bank Draft

Cheques should be in the name of Sommelier India and mailed to the following address:
Sommelier India,
C-320 Defence Colony,
New Delhi 110 024, India

Download our subscription form (PDF) to print and mail with your cheque.