How to pair Indian food and wine

by Marta Burgués

Spicy food and wine can go together brilliantly if you find the right wine. Some wines enhance the different flavours and spices usually found in this type of cuisine, while others can mask them.

Indian food is one of the most complete and needs to be accompanied by a good drink for the dish to be even better. Sometimes it is not easy to know which wines go best with curries, spicy dishes or samosas. Today we give you some ideas of how to pair Indian food and wine.

Fish curries

In Indian cuisine we can find curries with lamb, chicken and fish. For the curry dishes, we can choose white wines or even Txakolí type, a speciality from Basque Country.

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Txacolí Gorrondona 2012 is a white wine with Txacoli De Bizcaia DO based on the top of ondarrabi Zuri from 2012 vintage and 11.5º of volume of alcohol. 

Indian spices

The flavours of traditional Indian cuisine are dominated by many spices such as coriander, cumin and fennel. They offer tasty blends, both on meat and fish, and can get to be spicy in many degrees. For these, grenache and syrah wines are recommended.

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Montes Alpha Syrah 2011 is a wine red with DO Colchagua Valley based on the best of syrah from 2011 and 14.75º of alcohol content. 

To refresh the palate

If we notice that Indian food is spicy for our taste -quite common, otherwise- we can freshen the palate with white, rosé and sparkling wines and Côtes du Rhône.

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Château la Rolière Côtes Du Rhône Brézème Rosé 2012 is a rosé wine of the Côtes Du Rhône DO of 2012. A wine rosé rated with 3,3 points on 5 according to Uvinum’s users.

Other white wines

White wines that go best with this dishes must be somewhat sweet to counteract the strong flavours of this cuisine. Therefore, Riesling or Albariño wines are emerging among the ones you can try if you eat Indian.

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Hugel Et Fils Riesling Hugel Alsace 2011 is a white wine Alsace with a blend based on riesling of 2011 and with an alcohol proof of 13º.

Red wines

In addition to white wines, red can also pair with Indian spicy food. For example, they must be wines with some sweetness, such as Cabernet Franc or Loire.

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Caves de la Loire Rosé Danjou L’Ambroisie 2013 is a rosé wine with DO Anjou-Coteaux de la Loire from the Les Caves de la Loire cellar with 2013 grapes and 10.5º of volume of alcohol.

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