Wine pairing recommendations for National Curry Week in October

From 9th to 15th October the UK pays homage to its favourite food, Peter Morrell suggests some wines that pair beautifully with the punchy, powerful flavours of the East

Although the convention is to drink beer with a curry it’s not necessarily the best choice, particularly with milder dishes. Chefs who cook curries are very assiduous about the way they spice their food and they carefully balance the five tastes – sweet, bitter, sour, salty and umami. flooding the mouth with a fizz liquid can wash away the good intentions of the chef.

A better match with curry is wine which brings its own complexity, get the pairing right and you have got a harmonious combination of flavours and aromas that complement each other.

Here are some pairing suggestions to help you get the most enjoyment out of National Curry Week.

Louis Jadot Macon Villages 2017

Curry Pairing: Delicate Korma Curry

An extremely well made and balanced Chardonnay showing the lovely ripe fruit of the region. Balanced, soft but fresh and slightly creamy, with crisp apple characters, this wine compliments a delicate korma curry brilliantly and the balanced acidity enhances the flavours

Available from Tesco with an RRP of £13.05

Errazuriz Estate Series Carmenere 2017

Curry Pairing: Rustic Rogan Josh

Full-bodied and delicately spicy with smooth tannins and smoky blackberry fruit, this delicious wine shows just how good this exciting Chilean grape can be. Paired with a rustic Rogan Josh, this wine really comes in to its own with one of the most powerful dishes in the curry arsenal.

Available from Majestic Wine with an RRP of £10.50

Cune Barrel Fermented Blanco 2017

Curry Pairing: Classic Butter Chicken

A reminder of how good white Rioja can be – 100% Viura, its fresh citrus flavours and toasty richness work brilliantly with a classic Butter Chicken.

Available from Coop and Waitrose with an RRP of £10.15

Zalze SMV 2016

Curry Pairing: Original Tikka Masala

Keep it classy and pair this wine with a Tikka Masala for a match made in spice heaven. This Shiraz/Mourvèdre/Viognier is richly fruity, spicy with a soft texture and has a beguiling touch of exotic honeysuckle on the long, smooth finish.

Available from Morrisons and Asda with an RRP of £10.00

Villa Maria Private Bin Gewurztraminer 2017

Curry Pairing: Keralan Coconut Curry

True to type, this beautifully rich and aromatic wine has an exotic perfume of rose petals, Turkish Delight and orange blossom which bring out the flavours of a Keralan Coconut curry beautifully.

Available from Majestic Wine with an RRP of £11.75