Bread and Sparkling Wines is a match made in heaven!
Roti is a popular Indian flatbread, unleavened (no yeast) and made of whole wheat flour.
Roti is not to be confused with Naan. The main difference is the type of flour and the use of yeast.
When pairing wine with Indian Roti, you should think about the sauce and the level of chilli heat of the food that is served together.
Sauce is the key. Forget red wine with red meat. Sauce and seasoning decide!
Want to cool down? A chilled aromatic white such Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Gruner Veltliner or Torrontes reduce heat.
Want to feel the heat? Go for oaky white such a New World Chardonnay or a spicy red such GSM, Shiraz, Valpolicella, Mencia.
Acidity makes your mouth water. This helps against the heat.
Sugar coats your mouth. It is a barrier to defend your taste buds, protecting them.
Alcohol sets your mouth on fire. It intensifies the heat perception especially of ginger, turmeric and red chilli.
Tannins clash with spices. They enhance the perception of bitterness and heat.
Avoid very dry wines.
Sweetness calms the heat, while tannins amplify it.
Rule of thumb: the spicier the dish, the sweeter the wine.
Avoid harsh, bitter tannins and go for smooth, velvety and ripe ones.
Match the strenght! Don't choose a light wine to match your Vindaloo, it will disappear!
Fruity, aromatic wines love spices. The fruitier the better.
Forget those big Napa Cabs with Indian Food!
Don’t bite into that green cardamom or clove while sipping your wine.
Rosé wines are often a winner. Especially if they are sparkling.
If the dish is very creamy, go for a creamy (malolactic) Chardonnay.
If the dish is spicy, go for something off-dry: Riesling Spätlese, Pinot Gris, Gewürztraminer.
If you go for red, go for something fruity: Pinot Noir, Gamay, Garnacha, GSM blends, Valpolicella.
In the mood for a bold red? Look for mature, round tannins: Syrah.
3 colors sauces:
|Green Sauce: Herbal|
Sparkling Wines, Sauvignon Blanc
|Red Sauce: Acidic|
Sparkling Rosé, GSM Blends, Gamay
|Red Creamy Sauce: Buttery Tomato|
Full Body Rosé, Lambrusco, Syrah
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