Wine for Curry
Matching Up the Best Wine for Curry and Other Spicy Dishes
We all know that usually Red Wine pairs with red meat and White Wine pairs with fish and white meat, but what about a great wine for curry?
Due to the acidic qualities of yoghurt and Vinegar found in many curries, it is often very difficult to match up a great wine for curry, however, we have found that if you source a low tannin wine, with plenty of fruit, you will be on to a winner.
Often high tannin wines can taste almost bitter when drunk with a curry, so avoid these and take a few examples from our recommendations below:
- Shiraz - New World as opposed to Old World. Australian Shiraz can work wonders with a rich sauced, meat based curry, but avoid high tannin ones
- Zinfandel - Due to the Zinfandels high fruit and juicy characteristics, this is recommended for vindaloos
- Merlot - Again, soft, very fruity and New World versions are low in tannin, complimenting the chillies and spices found in any great Indian meal
- Gewurztraminer - Always a favourite as the Gewurztraminer has many spicy and herbal notes itself, thus blending perfectly with chillies and spices, and also with a hint of sweetness, mixing beautifully with sweet chillies
- Riesling - Often used for Chinese and Thai dishes due to its sweet and sour characteristics, will also pair very nicely with a Korma, preferably on the sweeter side of curries
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