Ashok Bajaj of Washington D.C.’s Knightsbridge Restaurant Group has a proud private wine label, Cuvée Bindaas, which we recently tasted and can highly recommend.
The wines are a collaborative effort by Group General Manager & Beverage Director of Knightsbridge Restaurant Group Michael King and Les Lunes Winemaker Diego Franzia of Mendocino County, California. The label features a red and white blend. Both were created with an intention of not overwhelming one’s palate. These wines have versatility and can be paired with many dishes. They are now available at both Bindaas Cleveland Park and Bindaas Foggy Bottom, and at sister restaurants Sababa, The Bombay Club, Rasika and Rasika West End.
Cuvée Bindaas White is made with 40% Sauvignon Blanc, 40% Chardonnay, and 20% Colombard which is a wonderful blending grape. It is pale gold in color with flex of green grass. Aromatically, it resembles dried Meyer lemon, pear, hazelnut and biscuit. On the palate, one tastes the Meyer lemon, green apple, and a good dose of minerality.
Cuvée Bindaas Red blends of 40% Syrah, 25% Zinfandel, 25% Carignane, and 10% Cabernet Franc. Visually, it is a dark ruby color approaching garnet, which is met with medium tannins and good acidity. On the nose this wine is red berry rhubarb, currant and stone, all which carry through to the taste.
Both wines sell for $13 a glass and $52 a bottle. For additional information about Knightsbridge Restaurant Group’s award-winning restaurants please visit knightsbridgerestaurantgroup.com.
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