Wine Pairing At Sharma
If you have ever been to a wine tasting session or have paid attention to which wines to drink with certain foods, you will understand the amazing way that the right wine paired with the right food can really bring out the flavours of a particular dish, in a way that isn’t experienced if a different grape was chosen. We are pleased to be able to provide you with an extensive wine list at Sharma that will perfectly compliment our Indian dishes.
Expertly Chosen Wines At Sharma
Our wines have been carefully selected by our personal wine advisor for Sharma, industry expert Aaron Rizzo. Aaron is extremely experienced in the hospitality industry, and has worked around the world in London, USA and Malta. In Malta he has been employed as a consultant for a leading winery, but also lectures to Intermediate and Advanced level students at the Institute of Tourism Studies. Aaron’s advice on our wine list has helped us to achieve our aim of providing grape diversity and choice on our wine list, and more importantly in providing the best possible quality wines from around the world!
As already explained, finding the right wine for our ethnic dishes will help to enhance the flavours in our dishes. Both white and red wines compliment our dishes – the trick is to choose the perfect grape, be it red or white.
For our hotter tomato based dishes such as a Beef Vindaloo and Chicken Tikka Masala we’d recommend the South African white wine Gewűrztraminer, or the fruity Argentinian Torrontes, or the dry German Reisling. Another white wine option is Sauvignon Blanc which blends in nicely especially with our Beef Madras. Sauvignon Blanc is one of the most popular white wines at the moment due to its fresh, crisp taste with tropical fruity flavours. On the other hand, an oaked Chardonnay will compliment very well our Lamb Rogan Josh curry.
For lightly spiced dishes (medium hot) with yoghurt and coconut based sauces such as Chicken Korma, we’d recommend a Reisling or a Viognier.
In general white wine works well with white meats and mild cheese dishes, and is ideal for accompanying starter dishes as well. A chilled white bottle of wine will add a refreshing component to the spicy mix especially in the Summer months!
Rosè wines are a category of their own. They usually blend perfectly with light chicken salads or appetizers such as Paneer Pakora and Samosa as well as vegetable or cheese curries like Vegetable Makenwala or Palak Paneer. However if you love Rose wine, you can also try combine it with our Vindaloo dish – well, why not?!
Red wines work particularly well with red meats and rich or spicy foods and with sauce-based dishes, so this would be absolutely ideal for pairing with Indian Curry in particular.
Montepulciano D’Abruzzo & Shiraz work very well with our Spicy Beef & Lamb dishes, to bring out the flavours enveloped in the meat. Whilst Grenache is a warming but soft red wine that works well with our Vegetable Curries and will compliment many of our spice blends.
Brunello and Chianti wines have been chosen to compliment our grilled Tandoori dishes and Kebabs. Yet again, even Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon work well with Tandoori – with reds you are truly spoilt for choice!
In addition, we have a range of sweet wines on our Sharma wine list that can be used to replace desserts, a perfect option for those who would like to extend their stay without indulging in a heavy sweet!
Bring Your Own
You may be surprised to know that if you have an absolute favourite wine of your own that you’d like to bring with you, or a vintage bottle to celebrate a special birthday or anniversary, we allow “bring your own” for a corkage fee of €7.00 per bottle. Bringing your own bottles of wine can also help you keep to a budget, as more prestigious wines tend to have exorbitant prices in certain restaurants. It is also particularly useful if you are a large group of friends, and all have your own wine preferences – plus if you all bring your own you don’t have to quibble over drink bills at the end of the night!
When you visit Sharma, do ask our waiting team for advice on pairing your Indian food with the ideal wine, to experience our fabulous dishes at their best. We would love to help out!