Indian cuisine, with its kaleidoscope of flavors and intricate spices, beckons the adventurous palate on a journey of culinary discovery. From the fiery depths of vindaloo to the creamy indulgence of butter chicken, each dish presents a unique challenge when it comes to finding the perfect wine pairing.

This blog will delve deeper into the nuances of wine selection, extending our knowledge to a variety of varietals and styles, to create harmonious symphonies of taste and aroma that elevate the Indian dining experience.



You begin your journey with the crisp and aromatic Riesling, a white wine renowned for its versatility and ability to complement a wide range of flavors. With its vibrant acidity and subtle sweetness, Riesling serves as an ideal companion to the bold spices of Indian cuisine, like those you can find at Urban Tandoor.

Its floral and fruity notes, often reminiscent of peach, apricot, and honey, harmonize beautifully with dishes like chicken tikka masala and vegetable korma. Opting for an off-dry Riesling enhances the interplay between sweetness and spice, creating a balanced and refreshing pairing that tantalizes the taste buds.


Another aromatic white wine that deserves a place at the Indian dining table is Gewürztraminer. Originating from the Alsace region of France, Gewürztraminer boasts exotic aromas of lychee, rose petals, and spice, making it an intriguing match for the complex flavors of Indian cuisine.

Its slight sweetness and pronounced acidity help to tame the heat of spicy dishes while accentuating the aromatic layers of dishes such as biryani and lamb curry. The wine’s lush texture and lingering finish add depth and dimension to the dining experience, creating a symphony of flavors that dance on the palate.



Moving on to the realm of red wine, Chardonnay emerges as a compelling choice for pairing with Indian fare. With its full-bodied texture, rich flavors, and subtle oakiness, Chardonnay complements the creamy and savory aspects of dishes like butter chicken and paneer makhani.

Look for a Chardonnay with balanced acidity and well-integrated oak to ensure a harmonious pairing that does not overpower the delicate nuances of Indian spices. The wine’s buttery mouthfeel and lingering finish create a luxurious sensation that lingers long after the last bite, leaving a lasting impression on the palate.

Pinot Noir

For those who prefer red wine, Pinot Noir offers an elegant and versatile option for pairing with Indian cuisine. With its light to medium body, silky tannins, and bright acidity, Pinot Noir provides a refreshing counterpoint to the bold flavors of dishes such as tandoori salmon and mushroom masala.

Its vibrant red fruit flavors, balanced by earthy undertones, enhance the complexity of Indian spices while offering a gentle respite from the heat. Whether enjoyed slightly chilled or at room temperature, Pinot Noir elevates the dining experience with its nuanced character and refined elegance.



A dry Rosé, with its crisp acidity and fruit-forward profile, offers a delightful alternative for pairing with Indian cuisine. Whether it’s a spicy vindaloo or a tangy chaat, Rosé’s versatility allows it to complement a wide range of flavors with finesse.

Its vibrant pink hue and refreshing palate cleanse the palate between bites, allowing diners to fully appreciate the myriad of flavors and textures in each dish.

From Provence to California, Rosé comes in a variety of styles, each offering its own unique expression that adds depth and dimension to the dining experience.

Sparkling Wine

Last but certainly not least, no Indian feast would be complete without the effervescent charm of sparkling wine. Whether it’s Champagne, Prosecco, or Cava, sparkling wine brings a sense of celebration and sophistication to the table.

Its lively bubbles and crisp acidity cut through the richness of dishes like biryanis and kebabs, refreshing the palate and invigorating the senses. Whether enjoyed as an aperitif or paired with the main course, sparkling wine adds a touch of glamour to any dining occasion, making it perfect for special celebrations and gatherings.



Transitioning to the realm of bolder red wines, Syrah, also known as Shiraz in some regions, presents a robust and flavorful option for pairing with Indian cuisine. Originating from the Rhône Valley in France, Syrah/Shiraz is characterized by its dark fruit flavors, spicy undertones, and velvety texture, making it an excellent match for hearty and aromatic dishes.

Its bold tannins and peppery finish complement the intensity of dishes such as lamb vindaloo and rogan josh, enhancing the depth and complexity of flavors. Whether from France, Australia, or California, Syrah/Shiraz offers a rich and satisfying pairing that leaves a lasting impression on the palate.


Hailing from the vineyards of Argentina, Malbec has gained popularity for its plush texture, ripe fruit flavors, and smooth finish, making it a delightful companion for Indian cuisine. With its notes of blackberry, plum, and spice, Malbec accentuates the savory and smoky elements of dishes like tandoori chicken and grilled lamb kebabs.

Its firm tannins and vibrant acidity provide structure and balance to the pairing, allowing the wine to stand up to the bold flavors of Indian spices while enhancing the overall dining experience.

Champagne/Sparkling Wine


Returning to the realm of sparkling wine, Champagne and other sparkling varieties continue to shine as versatile partners for Indian cuisine. With its crisp acidity, fine bubbles, and elegant effervescence, Champagne refreshes the palate and cleanses the palate between bites of spicy and savory dishes.

Whether enjoyed as an aperitif or paired with the main course, Champagne adds a touch of sophistication and celebration to any Indian feast, elevating the dining experience to new heights.

Off-Dry Rosé

For those seeking a slightly sweeter option, an off-dry Rosé offers a delightful alternative for pairing with Indian cuisine. With its subtle sweetness and refreshing acidity, off-dry Rosé balances the heat of spicy dishes while accentuating the vibrant flavors of aromatic spices. Its fruity aromas and crisp finish provide a pleasant contrast to creamy curries and tangy chutneys, creating a harmonious and satisfying pairing that delights the senses.

As you embark on this culinary odyssey, embrace the diversity of flavors and aromas that both Indian cuisine and wine have to offer. Through experimentation and exploration, you can discover new and exciting pairings that awaken the senses and elevate the dining experience to new heights. Whether you prefer white, red, or sparkling, there’s a perfect wine out there waiting to enhance the rich tapestry of Indian flavors. So raise your glass and toast to the beauty of gastronomic harmony – cheers!