TEA vs WINE
Wine expert Ch'ng Poh Tiong and Tea Master Sanjay Kapur, outline the similarity between french wine and our morning cuppa the ubiquitous indian tea
Not so many wine connoisseurs know that their innocent little daily morning cuppa has as strong as iron link to the capturous French wine. Before you start eyeing that tea bag with suspicion, look up the significance of « terroir » a french term that denotes the specificity of a place which has come to include not only the soil of a region, but also the climate, the weather and anything else that can possibly diffentiate one piece of land from another. « Terroir » means identifying, tracing, and tying the origin of an exceptional produce to a specific climate, weather and soil and it’s all encompassing unique environment » says wine expert Ch’ng Poh Tiong, regional chairman middle east and far east Asia for Decanter Magazine Worlds Wine Awards. Ch’ng is in Mumbai along wirh tea taster and beverage consultant Sanjay Kapur for the Sopexa, the french food and marketting promotional board wine preview. Food and Wine Show IFOWS 2005 that showcases food and beverage, wine, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinkexhibitors from around the globe. »
Both tea and wine have tepernoid compounds that contribute to the green note in tea or for that matter in Beaujolais nouveau wine » informs kapur. In fact, both french wine and tea exode woody, fruity and floral notes. The woody note in wine comes from the vessel it’s stores in , while in the case of Assam tea, the Camelia Assamica bush to the sharp woddy note » says kapur
Both French wine and desi tea pay hommage to their terroir, be it Alsace, Bourgogne ,and Bordeaux wines, or Darjeeing, Nilgiri, or Assam Tea.