This Mother’s Day give your mom the break she deserves by putting on the chef’s hat, cooking some wholesome food, and pairing it with some lovely wines.
It’s that time of the year again! While appreciating our moms should be a year-long endeavour, a special day is marked on the calendar just to remind us how amazing our mothers are! A fact which we often forget. This time the M day will be celebrated on 9th May 2021. However, this Mother’s Day is slightly more complicated given the onset of the second Covid 19 wave in India.
With local lockdown restrictions in place & the national lockdown last year, the pandemic has taken a huge toll on working, non-working, single, or all kinds of moms.
Be it due to the lack of domestic help, the constant presence of partners & kids at home, or just the stress of being restricted to chores as well as managing office work. Our moms have been working round the clock to keep the house running.
So, this Mother’s Day moms can take themselves on a date, raise a glass for all the things they put up with, or their loved ones can give them a break by putting on chef’s hat, preparing wholesome meals & pairing them with lovely wines!
Grégoire Verdin, Global Brand Ambassador, AVP Tastings and Marketing, at Sula Vineyards lays down the rules for wine pairing with your homemade Palak Paneer, Dal, pasta, roast chicken or the halwa!
- Butter Chicken x Sula Riesling Made in a style in which the wine is light and has a perfect balance between its sweetness and its acidity, this citrusy Riesling is immensely aromatic and charming, yet tremendously fresh. The slight sweetness and light spices of Butter Chicken go very well with this wine
- Palak Paneer x The Source Sauvignon Blanc Oak-aged, tropical and passionate, this delightful Sauvignon Blanc is one of India’s best white wines. The aromatic spices and creamy Paneer paired with a glass of this wine makes for a delicious match
- Chicken Chettinad x Rasa Syrah The depth of the Chicken Chettinad is supported by the richness and the sensuality of this peppery Syrah
- Laal Maas x The Source Cabernet SauvignonThis well-balanced wine with seductive aromas of cherry and blackberry goes very well with the spices of a stunning mutton dish
- Moong Dal Halwa x Late Harvest Chenin Blanc India’s favourite wine, Chenin Blanc Late Harvest is a dessert wine, fruity and rich. Its mouth-watering honeycomb and tropical fruit notes are a pure delight. And with some lovely halwa by the side, it’s a match made in heaven! The sweetness of the halwa, the nuts and saffron pair very well with the wine.
GLOBAL BRAND AMBASSADOR, ASSOCIATE VICE PRESIDENT TASTINGS & MARKETING
A respected and renowned connoisseur, Gregoire Verdin is the Global Brand Ambassador, Associate Vice President Tastings and Marketing of Sula Vineyards. Growing up in the French countryside of Burgundy, he has been close to nature and believes that the earth deserves to be preserved – a thought that resonates very closely for Sula Vineyards too. Curiosity is his key to discovering and mastering the wine world is his keen passion. A man who loves new experiences, Verdin is well travelled, gregarious, and enjoys a glass of merlot whilst cooking.
A Master of Business Law from Universite de la Sorbonne in Paris, Verdin started as a cellar hand in a winery in Bandol (France) with the very talented winemaker, Gerald Damidot. He was mesmerized to witness the transformation of grape into wine and even today is inspired by this experience. Having worked with some of the best restaurants across the globe like Mint in Dublin, Noma in Copenhagen, Verjus in France and Les Millesimes, Noyers-sur-Serein in Burgundy; and frequent culinary trips to France, Ireland, Denmark to name a few, have inspired him to constantly improve.
Having acquired most of his knowledge in the field, Verdin has been in the Food & Wine Industry since 2009. His love for food has had him travel across the world in search of some of the best ingredients and he believes that our actions should empower and sensitize all our 5 senses. Smelling the best grapes, feeling the best of the casks, hearing the perfect pop of the bottle to know how deliciously the wine has aged and of course – tasting the finished product; Verdin has a foresight which makes him ahead of his contemporaries. Wine pairing comes naturally to him while his universe gravitates around flavors.
Promoting the brand across multiple channels, Verdin is passionate about his work and brings vibrant energy in his quest to ensure that Sula Vineyards delivers nothing but the best. Verdin’s direction and proficiency have propelled the brand forward globally, making the two a perfect match. He brings years of enthusiasm, learning, and dedication to his position. Exuding humility and deep respect for Sula Vineyard’s vision, he raises a glass brimmed with optimism and aims at making the company the leader of wine and spirits internationally. A man of many passions, he ensures a work-life balance by simply prioritizing life. In his spare time, he enjoys whipping up a great meal, discovering new places, and unwinding with kickboxing and reading.
To taste is to experience is the motto he lives by!
About Sula: A market leader and consumer favorite in Indian wine, Sula Vineyards translates the rich Indian heritage into a winemaking legacy of over 20 years. The brand has pioneered wine tourism in India and established Nashik as the wine capital of the country. Accredited with opening the country’s first winery Tasting Room in 2005 and the luxurious resort – Beyond by Sula in 2010, the vision of its founder – Rajeev Samant is as exciting as it is forward-looking. With the rolling hills of Gangapur as the ideal backdrop, Beyond by Sula is luxury redefined. The Source at Sula was established in 2017 as India’s first heritage vineyard resort to offer a perfect mélange of history and wine. With a Tuscan taste, its historic appeal makes it an enticing location for many. With over 3.5 lac visitors last year, Sula is one of the most-visited wineries globally where people taste their first wine.
Sula was the only Indian brand to have 6 of its wines to be selected and reviewed by the prestigious Wine Enthusiast Best Buying Guide 2020. Sula won the silver award for Dindori Reserve Viognier and Late Harvest Chenin Blanc and the Bronze award for The Source Reserve Sauvignon Blanc, Brut, Dindori Reserve Chardonnay, Dindori Reserve Shiraz, Rasa Syrah, Sula Riesling, Sula Sauvignon Blanc, and The Source Grenache Rose at the Decanter World Wine Awards 2020.
A winner of 13 awards at the India Wine Awards 2019, the brand is a popular choice amongst all. Sula has also won the Drinks Business Award 2016 for the Best Contribution to Wine and Spirits Tourism – the first time for an Indian company.
In November 2017, Sula launched Kādu – India’s first wine for a cause supporting tiger conservation with every bottle sold. It is also launched in Maharashtra recently. Leading the innovation story, in February 2020, Sula Vineyards launched India’s first wine in a can – Dia Wine Sparkler in two delicious flavors of red and white wine, packed in a convenient and attractive can. This bubbly and refreshing drink needs no mixers, corkscrews, or swirling to enjoy; it’s easy to carry and crack open straight from the fridge. Dia Wine Sparkler is currently available in Maharashtra and Goa. Sula Vineyards was also the first national wine brand to be listed with TASMAC – The Tamil Nadu State Marketing Corporation.
Deeply influenced by his values, Rajeev Samant firmly believes in being a steward of the land and in sustainable business practices. Under his guidance, Sula is one of the most sustainable wineries with more than half its energy coming from solar power. From packaging that is 99% recyclable to reusing and providing clean drinking water to people in the area, sustainability reflects in all business operations.
Sula Vineyards redefined entertainment with its annual property SulaFest. With the best of
world music, gourmet food, and wines, the two-day event is a unique experience in the
nation and is synonymous with fun, frolic, and passion. The festival epitomizes the spirit of
festivities with the magic of the vineyards.