Autumn is here, and it is time for slow cooked suppers, keeping warm and wine next to the fire.
Curry is typically eaten with a cool beer on the side, but there are some wines which make an ideal match to Indian food.
The Errazuriz Estate Series Carmenere 2017 is one of them.
There’s enough spice in the full bodied red to offset a chilli laced curry, and is smooth enough to drink alone too.
It’s recommended to go with a rogan josh, but we enjoyed it with a home made biryani in the slow cooker instead.
It costs £10.50 from Majestic.
The Villa Maria Private Bin Gewurztraminer 2017 is also a good pairing, this time with lighter curries such as kormas or Keralan coconut curries.
It has a delicate aroma with hints of floral and orange flavour. Very drinkable. It costs £11.75, from Majestic again.
Campo Viejo’s Tempranillo Blanco is another white which will slip down easily.
It is a blended wine made with rioja expertise from the winery.
Expect a refreshing and heady drink that will take you back to warmer days in the garden with each sip.
Campo also offers its Gran Campo Viejo Cava. Both are available in all supermarkets at £11.60 and £10.05.
This is a crisp fizz with a fresh palate and perfect for celebrating, we enjoyed alongside South American tacos and with a kitchen full of people.
Enjoying bubbles is fantastic at all times of year, but when you just want one or two glasses that day, it can feel like a waste of a bottle.
A new gadget called zzysh aims to help in just those situations.
It works by replacing the air in a wine bottle with a protective atmosphere of inert argon gas, and in a champagne bottle with a mixture of argon and CO2 gas.
It’s simple to use, compact too, and we found the taste still just as crisp the next day.
The preservers are available – sadly without added willpower - at £79.90 from www.zzysh.me/uk.