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?

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