There are not many pleasures on earth that can be compared to finding a good bottle of wine that won’t cause a fortune and make you break the bank. You want a bottle that you’d enjoy drinking but you really don’t want the run of the mill cooking wine kinda bottle and that’s where we come in.
We’ve compiled a very short list of 5 wines under N10,000. So with about AED 100, you should be taking home one of these beauties.
Concha y Toro Amelia Chardonnay
Beautiful bottle of white wine from Casablanca Valley in Chile, made from chardonnay grapes and will be lovely when paired with pork, salmon, tuna or poultry. ABV is 14%. This wine is a personal favourite. It has a strong flavour and is very citrusy ( I wonder if that’s a word). I paired mine with a shrimp salad and I had absolutely no regrets.
Miraval Rose, Cotes de Provence
With a pretty petal pink colour and shiny reflections, this rose has hints of strawberry, raspberry and pear. The bottle is sleek, almost looks like a champagne bottle, you might not want to bin it even when it’s empty. It’s fresh and fruity. The palate is crisp and acidity is refreshing. This wine is co-owned by Hollywood actors Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. They bought the Chateau Miraval in 2009 and the first 6,000 bottles of Miraval Rose sold out in five hours. Despite their separation in 2016, the couple still jointly own the estate in Provence and last year launched the sixth vintage of their Miraval rose. You should pair this with salmon, tuna or sushi. The Miraval is a definitely a good buy.
Chateau Malescasse Haut Medoc
This is a dry wine made with dark fruits; blackberries, raspberries, every glass is a pleasure to imbibe, trust me. with a rich colour, it comes off initially as a bit too dry, so the idea is to decant and leave for about an hour. It gives you that great Bordeaux quality at an okay price. It is bold, meaty and intense. This well balanced bottle of wine should be paired with beef, lamb, and poultry.
Bruno Giacosa Roero Arneis 2017
The 2017 Roero Arneis is a rich fruity Italian white wine. Medium bodied, this is an interesting wine. It has citrus and apple flavours, It is dry, not too acidic and delicious. With notes of apricot and almond, it is well balanced on the palate. It is made with 100% arneis and you can pair this with pasta, fish, sea food and cured meat.
Dow’s 10 Year Old Tawny Port
You know we can’t end this without including a bottle of port. Port is a staple. You should always have a bottle of port in your collection. With an amber gold colour, Dow’s is one of my favourite. This Portuguese port wine has about 38 vintages. It has notes of caramel, chocolate, toffee and aromas of sweet dried fruits. It is smooth and soft but very powerful on the palate. ABV is 20% and this port can be paired with beef, cheese and sweet desserts.
There you have it. Our 5 under N10,000. Cop one or two and enjoy.
Before you do that though, REMEMBER that Dubai has strict drinking laws. First off, you have to be 21 to buy or consume alcohol. You can drink alcohol in Dubai but you have to stick to the designated areas such as hotels, resorts, restaurants, bars and clubs. You definitely CANNOT drink in public and you absolutely CANNOT be intoxicated in public. Drinking in public include the beach side.
Non-Muslim residents can get a liquor licence to drink alcohol at home and in licensed venues. These licences are valid only in the Emirate that issued the licence. Residents must also get a permit to be able to drink in licensed venues.
Liquor licences are not available to non-residents, but it is possible for tourists and visitors to buy and drink alcohol in licensed venues, such as hotels, restaurants and clubs so you can ask for any of the wines above and if they have it at the licensed establishment, you can buy it and enjoy drinking it…at the venue.
Drinking alcohol in Sharjah is illegal.