Despite a fact that many Indian restaurants now have decent wine lists, there’s still a habitual hatred to a thought that curry goes with wine. Could it usually be that we’re looking during a wrong form of wines?
The award-winning Gymkhana in London came adult with an considerable set of booze pairings during a cooking a other week. Devised by sommelier and co-owner Sunaina Sethi, usually one of her choices could be personal as sweet, and that was served with a dessert – a lush, Argentinian gewürztraminer, Luigi Bosca Granos Nobles (12.5% abv), with a cardamom, almond and pistachio kheer. South Downs Cellars has the 2010 vintage for £11.95 a 50cl bottle.
Sethi’s perspective is that it’s unfit to generalise about India’s food with booze since a nation is so vast: it depends on a feverishness turn and a approach a spices are treated. A pointed plate such as a biryani or a pilau, say, will be distant reduction severe than a rich curry with a series of side dishes, yet even that can take a serious full-bodied red, as Sethi demonstrated by portion a 14.5% abv Pulenta Estate Gran Cabernet Franc 2010 (£19.99 from invinitywines.co.uk, £23.40 from Bottle Apostle) with a suckling pig vindaloo. In general, though, reds need to be fruity though fresh, rather than jammy, with good acidity, such as a 13.5% abv Michele Chiarlo Barbera d’Asti Le Orme 2011 (£10.75 a bottle if we buy a box of 6 from allaboutwine.co.uk, £10.89 from strictlywine.co.uk) that Sethi interconnected with a mushroom pilau.
Other radical matches enclosed a well-chilled potion of Hidalgo’s La Gitana Manzanilla (£9.99 from Majestic, £10 from Waitrose, and by a half-bottle in many independents; 15% abv) with a chutneys and poppadoms that were laid out during a commencement of a meal; and a beautiful organic Greek viognier, Domaine Gerovassiliou Epanomi 2013 (£13.89 if we buy 6 bottles from strictlywine.co.uk; 13% abv), that managed to reason a possess with some sharp tiger prawns and red peppers chutney.
Obviously it creates it easier if we offer dishes individually, as is normal in a west, though these same styles of booze should still work if we offer some-more than one plate during a time, maybe organisation together fish and unfeeling dishes, or focusing some-more on meat.
If we wish to knowledge a booze tasting identical to my one during Gymkhana, a sister grill Trishna does a “Not your normal curry night” for £65, including booze pairings. (Yes, we know some of we wouldn’t compensate some-more than £6.50 during your local. Consider it an investment.)