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Grapes that have crossed borders and their most common food pairings

Do you know which grapes are the most popular ones? And which are the best pairings for them? Don’t miss the infographic which we have elaborated just for you in order to offer you some information about the most common grapes as well as some pairings, so that you can enjoy their taste even more. And all that in the most simple and effective way! Discover and share!

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How to pair Indian food and wine

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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.

 

10 tricks to master pairing

 TAGS:Many of you have been asking how to learn to perform a good food and wine pairing, which combinations of wine and food are the best or how to choose wine for food. And even though I think that defining what is a good combination or what is not is a very personal matter, it is true that there are some guidelines that can be followed to start in the food and wine pairing business.

1. Young wine not quite bodied appears to be just perfect for light dishes like for example lasagna.

2. Vintage powerful wines are the perfect complement to high voltage plates, meat like a good roast lamb (mmhhhh!).

3. For fish: white wine with a touch of acidity (I would recommend one of my favorites: Organistrum).
4. For seafood: white wine with floral notes.

5. For game dishes: vigorous wines, whether young or mature. Red for meat of wild boar, deer, etc. and red or white for pheasant, partridge, etc.

6. For vegetables dishes: the choice will depend on whether they are going to be served raw or cooked, and in this second case it will depend on the way they are dressed (following the rules 1 and 2).

7. For starters: light wines that can be served slightly colder.

8. You can also drink wine in desserts and we are not just talking about white or sweet wine. Specifically, you can continue after your meal with the red wine when you will get some cheese for dessert, for example.

9. You can do experiments, but better if you do them when you are alone. It is not a good idea (not very kind at least) to force your guests to experience your culinary occurrences plus hurting them with your choices of wine to accompany.

10. And finally, the golden rule that applies to everything: what tastes good is well paired, you don’t need to think twice about it, and if the wine is good, probably nobody is going to complain about the combination.

To start pairing as a real sommelier of a Michelin-starred restaurant you will need some time alone with your kitchen, a good apron, clean hands, cookbook and, regarding wine I’m going to make it easy, here are a couple of suggestions that will rise you to fame (even if the pairing does not work at first).

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Viña Tondonia Reserva 2001

 

 

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Almaviva 2008

When to drink a Sauternes wine

 TAGS:The matching of Sauternes wines opens the door for us to endless culinary possibilities. We cannot forget that many of them will invariably send us to the French fine cuisine, because this wine has classically been considered as the perfect pair for typical French food like foie gras or blue cheeses like Roquefort, which precisely share with it geographic origins.

Before proceeding with Sauternes best pairing, note that it is important not to confuse it with Sauterne wine, because while the former is a sweet wine from Europe with French roots, the second is a quite fresh Californian which lacks those honeyed notes that make the first such special wine.

The sweetness comes not so much due to the type of grapes used in its production, which are usually Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc, Sauvignon Gris and Muscadelle, the most common in the region of Bordeaux, but to the state they must be found to be suitable for this wine: moldy.

As the French say, is not any mold, is a renowned and reputable putrefaction “pourriture noble“, for which grapes need to be under accurate weather conditions in order to reach the necessary point. Vineyards location have the key, since they are placed in a very wet spot during day and night, which are the rivers Garonne and Ciron banks.

Sauternes is an ideal wine to accompany desserts or cheese after a meal. However, its use has spread to all menu items as recently it is proving very successful going with some starters or salads, it could also go with some braised vegetable dishes, as long as it?s made sure that the artichokes are present to counteract the sweet notes coming from the Sauternes with their bitterness.

It does not go well with fish or seafood, although it could for sure accompany poultry, particularly duck, however, its combination with cheese is where it’s love at first sight emerges. The spicy cheeses, the strong flavour ones are best match with the taste that a sip of Sauternes leaves. Stopping is difficult once you get started.

For those beginning in this exceptional sweet wine consumption a couple of tips: it has to be served chilled and, in order to succeed, you should debut with a prestigious brand so you can try it with all its quality and fullness of flavour and aroma, such as Château de Rolland, Sauternes Baron Philippe de Rotschild or Chateau Liot Barsac. Vintages are also important and so our choice in this respect should go for the 2001, 2003 or 1997, followed by the 1999, 1998, 1996 and 1995. You cannot miss it.

And If you don’t want to miss it, here you can get 2 of the best Sauternes wines:

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Château d’Yquem, best from Sauternes. Words are not enough.

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A Sauternes with a great QPR.

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