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Francisca Jara 24/06/2020


Wine pairings

The best wine pairings for your takeaway food

Takeout food doesn’t mean you should have it with soft drinks. Whether is lack of time or a guilty pleasure, you could turn this occasion on a food and wine experience from the comfort of your own sofa. While you place an order, here are the best wine matching for 6 classics takeout dishes.

  • Pizza

No matter what toppings you choose, pizza always has a predominant base of tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese. The first is intense and acidic while the second is smooth and creamy. So a light red wine with red fruits and herbal notes will always work well giving some freshness. But if you go for any cured meat as pepperoni, a bold red wine with intense flavours and stronger tannins like Casillero del Diablo Reserva Malbec, will counterbalances the pepperoni flavours and fat. Don’t worry if you are craving for pizza and you only have a white wine in the fridge. Vegetarian and seafood options are a great choice with a crispy white as Casillero del Diablo Pinot Grigio. That by the way, works as a treat with melted cheese.

  • Fried Chicken

If you love the crunchiness and indulgence of fried chicken, you’ll never go back after you try it with a sparkling wine. Because of its oil, fat and salt, the best alternative is to pair it with an effervescent white wine that gives acidity and minerality to refresh your palate, complementing the chicken’s flavours. It will work even better, if the wine is dry (this means not sweet) like Casillero del Diablo Devil’s Collection Brut. This combination instead of greasy, it will make the chicken to taste lighter.

  • Burger and fries

This is another classic that many times we have with sweet soft drinks, but that you’ll take it to the next level if you have it with a red wine depending on the ingredients. If you go for a Classic Cheeseburger with cheese, tomato, onion and gherkins, Casillero del Diablo Cabernet Sauvignon never fails. The toasted, black pepper and black fruit notes will complement the ground beef, while the tannins will have wonders worked on them by the salty French fries (as salt softens the harsh tannins). Now, if you add bacon and you want to go beyond the experience, Casillero del Diablo Shiraz will be the best partner for those smoky notes.

  • Sushi 

This version of Japanese food shines because of their ingredients offered in fresh, simple and cleaned flavour bites. They generally have raw fish, seafood and the main base: vinegar infused-steamed rice. Because of the diverse combinations and textures, they need a versatile wine. This is how  Casillero del Diablo Rosé comes as a phenomenal match, refreshing the seafood even more thanks to the bright acidity and subtle aromas. But also pairing meats as Pork gyozas, thanks to its red fruitiness and mouthfeel. Definitely a winners choice.

  • Chinese food

Because of the diversity of recipes and ingredients, this isn’t an easy match. Mostly considering the dominating flavours of soy sauce, that brings complexity and that characteristic umami (better known and the fifth taste) to these dishes. Salty, spicy and sweet and sour flavours can be all together in one dish, enhancing the bitter and acidic wines notes. So if we are thinking on a red wine, the challenge is to find a fruity, velvety and light wine where the condiments don’t crush with the tannins as Casillero del Diablo Pinot Noir. Also, considering that pinot noir and duck is a match made in heaven. When thinking on whites, those ones with a richer mouth feel and slightly sweet handle spice very well. Any ideas? Why not try it with Casillero del Diablo Viognier.

  • Indian food

With very intense, hot and heavily spiced dishes, Indian food also has some difficulty when it comes to find the perfect wine pairing. With recipes based on lamb, lentils, chicken and rice, they are also complemented with chutneys and creamy sauces that need a wine able to handle all this flavour without been hidden. You can find this balance if you pick a medium body, fruity and spiced red wine as Casillero del Diablo Carmenere for those red meat curries. While for vegetarian dishes as Paneer or Lentils Dhal, or for a creamy Butter Chicken, some oak aged white wines as Casillero del Diablo Chardonnay are an excellent choice.