We were recently asked to co-host an Indian pop up at The Grosvenor Arms in Earlsfield, pairing the menu of The Gutsey Chutney with wines from our collection.
Wine with curry you may ask? Yes, a lot of people still seem adverse to this mismatch and mainly opt for a cold pint of lager with their spicy dish. But could it possibly be that you've just been choosing the wrong wine, or have never been brave enough to try it?
To be fair, a lot does depend on the heat level and the spices when deciding on what wine to accompany your dish, so grabbing a beer does seem like the safer option. However, the correct wine can really complement a dish, and therefore, based on this particular event, and what we already know, here are some of our suggestions.
This is when the fruit forward rosé wines come into their own. Forget about pale Provence which will just drown amongst such powerful flavours, but a rosé which although still fresh, has more of the fruity red berry flavours coming through.
Our Domaine Des Soulié rosé goes well with most medium spicy dishes as it has
a great balance of acidity with soft fruity flavours that can take on some decent spiced curries.
Staying with the pink theme, one of the best wines we have found in this category is a sparkling rosé which has come out top when paired with Indian food. Try our beautiful Philippe Raguenot Cremant de Bordeaux especially if showing off with friends!
For creamier curries, a non-oaked Chardonnay marries well. Our Domaine Cazulet Cuvée Amelie is a fine pairing for a good creamy Korma mild to medium coconut based curry.
For something with some more spice, an aromatic fruity white with some punchy tropical fruit flavours is a great combination. At this particular pop up, Chateau Haut Canteloup Eleve en Fut was served up to a very happy bunch. Another alternative would be Chateau Grand Renard Sauvignon blanc, which has been blended with Sauvignon Gris to give it that beautiful aromatic nose.
If red is your thing then make sure you choose a fruit forward red with little tannin and un-oaked. A good balanced fruity red will compliment dishes with a tomato based spicy sauce. One of our favourites is Domaine Des Soulie Cuvee Remy. 80% cinsault with 10% Grenache 10% Syrah really gives this wine a lovely fruity structure with snippets of pepper.
All of the above has as always, been tried and tested.