cool refreshingly sparkling wines - refreshing at curry-time, summer-time, anytime
Wine for Spice® was created in 2003 to specify and commission quality wines to complement Indian as well as other spicy food such as Szechwan Chinese, Indonesian, Malaysian, Thai and Mexican food.
Former investment banker, Warren Edwardes, developed his taste for wine as a city dealer and as a corporate treasurer and has often been part of winning teams in wine tasting competitions.
What was missing, according to Edwardes, winner of the Pol Roger Cup 2004, was a good selection of wines specifically created, and not just marketed, to be drunk with curries and spicy food - a range of refreshing "wines for world cuisine".
Many of the wines that are sold as "curry wines" seemed to Edwardes as without any real character to them and merely bland and inoffensive "wine lake" surplus produce. Edwardes says "other than good quality, cool and refreshingly sparkling be it beer, water or wine, are my requirements of a drink to go with a curry or spicy food." Hence his creation of Wine for Spice® and he specified and commissioned the first for Wine for Spice™ - all quality semi-sparkling wines with the refreshing qualities of a cold beer and without tannin or oak:
Vindaloo, seemingly a British dish, was interestingly invented by Portuguese sailors who marinated their meat in wine barrels and added Indian spices, chillies newly brought over from South America, and Garlic. Vinho D'Alho - a garlicky wine marinade sauce. Warren's maternal ancestors, the Braganzas of Mapuça, Goa, were known for their wine cellar. Also in Goa a semi sparkling fermented apple beverage, somewhat similar to a medium strength cider, is a common accompaniment to dishes such as Sorpatel.
Wine for Spice®'s naturally semi-sparkling wines: ™™™are cool refreshingly sparkling wines to drink with curries & spicy food - a refreshing alternative to a gassy lager - refreshing at curry-time, summer-time, anytime
Wine for Spice® Limited is a founder member and organiser of The Association of Small Direct Wine-Merchants (ASDW) which was formed, as the name implies, by a group of British independent small wine merchants directly selling to the general public via mail order and the internet.