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UK Wine Show 62 Wine for Spice with Warren Edwardes

This show was published 03 August 2007


Warren Edwardes of Wine for Spice sells three naturally fermented, semi-sparkling Spanish wines called Viceroy White, Raja Rose and Rani Gold. All three wines are designed to go with Asian food and have different levels of residual sugar. The key is to make a refreshing wine with off dry sugars.

They started by creating a 50% muscat, 50% gewurztraminer blend but found it a bit floral so experimented by mixing it with Cava and found the semi-sparkling style was just right. The bubbles enhance the flavour and because the wines have to be served cold they are more refreshing than a still, room temperature drink. The most important thing is to avoid wines with tannins. Steer clear of red wine with hot spicy food because the tannins dry the mouth and highlight the heat of the food. Oaky wines are also a no-no as the vanilla oak flavours clash with cumin, coriander and ginger. So, with spicy food, go for whites with refreshing acidity and a hint of sugar.

Surprisingly, lagers, whilst cool and refreshing, are not the best match for a curry - the hops have a bitterness which fights with the heat. Wheat or white beers are a better alternative.

The Wine for Spice range can be found at selected Waitrose stores in London and Cambridge and at the Wine for Spice website or you can buy direct at food & drink events across the UK. The wines retail at around £5.99 a bottle.


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