Published on June 28th, 2012

Wine with Chilli

What to drink with sweet and spicy fish?

Wine tasted this episode:

Torres San Valentin, Parellada at £7 to £8 per bottle.


So often we just opt for Chardonnay when eating fish, but many recipes today have an Asian twist and are loaded with spices, chilli and sweetness, which can dominate so many wines.

One easy meal I regularly cook at home is spicy, sticky Salmon with noodles, super quick and tasty. I marinade the salmon in fresh ginger, red chilli, salty savoury tamari (Japanese soy which is wheat free) and honey. You could roast, grill or pan fry. I fry and while that is cooking I prepare the noodles. Easy.

A fab wine for this rich spicy fish dish is Torres’s San Valentin made from Parellada. This is the grape that you usually find in Cava, but it makes great whites too. The grapes are grown at altitude, it’s thirst quenchingly fresh, aromatic and fruity. Torres make another Paralleda The Vina Sol, but it is much drier and lighter, you really need the sweetness to calm the chilli, the extra body for the richness of the dish, and of course freshness to refresh the palate. A tannic red would be foul with this dish, it would make the wine taste bitter, something too dry would be overwhelmed, but fresh, fruity sweet, San Valentin enhances the dish and makes it taste more special than an average home cooked supper.

Enjoy your wine with sweet and spicy food.

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