Thanks again to Amanda Tinney for the fantastic Sanaa Review yesterday! To accompany that piece, we’re thrilled that our friends at Cork’d.com have put together a list of highly-recommended wine list suggestions, and have even explained specifically why these wines will complement the unique menu of Indian and African cuisine at Sanaa.
Sanaa Wine Recommendations
The Sanaa wine list has a rich focus on South African wines, but also highlights some great options from around the world, including offerings from Italy, California, and New Zealand.
2008 Martin Codax Albarino: A crisp, refreshing, and highly acidic grape varietal, Albarino is most often found in the Northwest of Spain’s *Rias Baixas* region. Because these wines are so aromatic and flavor filled, they pair really well with the intensely flavored, aromatic cuisines, such as Indian. Martin Codax is one of the most recognized wineries in Rias Baixas, producing consistent and well-received Albarino year after year.
2008 Boutari Moschofilero: Moschofilero isn’t your everyday Chardonnay or Pinot Grigio. This grape has made a name for itself in Greece, where it makes a distinctly spicy, floral wine. Boutari is the most recognized name in Greek wine, making quality, highly distributed wines with sexy, lesser known grapes.
2006 Fairview Pinotage: Pinotage, a red grape found almost solely in South Africa, tends to be a grape that you either love or hate. It takes on some funky flavors, like banana peel, earth, and aged cheese. Whether this suits your taste or not, it’s fun to experiment with… after all, how often do you eat Indian and East African cuisine? Fairview is a producer that also makes great versions of more recognized varietals, like Sauvignon Blanc and Shiraz.
2008 Don Miguel Gascon Malbec: Malbec has made a name for itself in the world of wine in the last couple of years, and with good reason. This grape makes particularly good wines in Argentina’s Mendoza region, and can be found at some attractive price points. Really food friendly, these wines can be loaded with ripe fruit flavors, tannin and good acid.