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Indian Food & Wine Pairing

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Indian Food & Wine Pairing
Indian Food & Wine Pairing

Saffron & Spice is partnering with English Newsom Cellars to feature 5 savory food and wine pairings. 

Saffron & Spice is an authentic Indian experience in the heart of West Texas. 

Saffron & Spice is owned and operated by Chef Pooja and Vijay Hegde. Growing up in the metropolitan city of Mumbai they were exposed to the multi-cultural cuisines from different regions of India. They bring these varied experiences and diverse expertise to Lubbock. The menus reflect the Indian culinary repertoire and the menagerie of flavors from different parts of India. In addition, they also showcase Indian Fusion creations that are a perfect blend of East meets West. Their supply sources are so important that they travel to the origin of where the food is produced.

They believe that food nourishes the body and soul. The marvelous food on your plate has a story to tell. It has a journey. It leaves a footprint. It leaves a legacy.



Viognier & Samosa

If you need a wine to pair with Samosas or the best wine for Samosas, try our Reserve Viogier! The aromatics of honeysuckle and orange blossom play well with the warm and herbaceous vegetables and is the perfect accoutrement to the mint and cilantro chutney.  The subtle notes of lemongrass provide the perfect backdrop for the rustic vegetables and flaky pastry of the Samosa. 

Riesling & Palak Paneer 

Because of the residual sugar  Riesling pairs well with dishes like palak paneer, a dish with cubes of mild cheese and creamy spinach sauce. The freshness and acidity of a Riesling won’t overpower the spinach and will complement the creaminess. Tannins can increase the perception of spice and may overpower spicy dishes as well as accentuate bitterness. You want to find a way to balance the essentials like the sweetness, sourness, tanginess, heat and the spice, and the texture, and riesling does this perfectly!

Merlot & Chicken Tikka Masala

Dishes like Chicken Tikka Masala are the perfect compliment with a Merlot since the smoky flavor from the tandoor cooking and subtle spices shine when matched with a softer tannin, fruit-forward wine. Fruit-forward wines with lower tannins may also complement the spiciness of these popular Indian dishes, while rounding out the flavors with bright blueberry, cherry, and vanilla notes. 

Rose & Chicken Korma

For Chicken Korma, choose rosé!. The roundness of the coconut milk and yogurt provide a distinct texture component to the dish that needs to be addressed with the right rosé. The key is to provide some body in the wine without overpowering the dish.

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