Indian Takeout + New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc: A Blissful Match?

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I’ve admitted that I’m a total wine geek, and a touch opinionated about what to drink (and what to avoid)–but I also believe that you should drink what you love. And part of drinking what you love involves taking chances. Otherwise, how will you really learn what you love?

On a recent date night at home, we took a wine risk. We ordered takeout from our fave Indian restaurant–an assortment of lamb, shrimp and lentil dishes–and then realized we didn’t have any Gewurztraminer or Riesling (both sweet wines that are classic pairings with spicy food). We were feeling too lazy to run out to the wine store, so we decided to go with what we had in the fridge–a crisp New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc and see what happened.

If it’s awful, we can always drink seltzer with our meal and then enjoy the wine later, I told Chris. We filled up our plates, dug in and tentatively sipped our vino. I was expecting a major pairing fail, but the match was surprisingly delish! The herbal, grassy notes of the Sauv Blanc stood up beautifully to the rich food, and it only got better with every sip. Chris loved it, too, and now we have a new way to enjoy one of our fave cuisines!

3 New Zealand Sauv Blancs to Try:

Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2011
Totally gorgeous — my top pick for entertaining; $28.99

Eradus Sauvignon Blanc
Lesser-known gem that we like for a special date night at home; $22

Oyster Bay Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2012
Fresh, inexpensive wine for a casual movie night; $15.99

Have you had any food-and-wine pairings lately that have surprised you?

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