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Project Tikka Masala - a blind tasting to find a Portuguese wine to go with spicy Asian food

Published:  23 July, 2008

by Christian Davis
The former marketing director of the off-licence chain Unwins, and then the Spanish wine producer United Wineries, had a call to arms last month in an attempt to find one of the holy grails of the wine trade - a wine that goes with spicy food.

The wines in the blind tasting were:

Mateus Ros, Portugal (Baga, Rufete, Tinta Barocca, Touriga Franca)

Jacob's Creek Shiraz, Australia

E&J Gallo Sierra Valley White Zinfandel, USA

Waitrose Ros d'Anjou, France (Grolleau, Cabernet Franc, Gamay)

Kumala, South Africa (Pinotage, Merlot, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon)

Vias del Vero, Spain (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot)

Concha y Toro Shiraz, Chile

Vida Nova, Sir Cliff Richard's Portuguese blend (Shiraz, Aragones)

DFJ Grant Art, Portugal (Touriga Nacional)

Ramada Ros, Portugal (Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, Castelo)