I generally do not recommend wine with hot and spicy foods. However, I received this e-mail from Warren Edwardes, CEO of Wine for Spice Ltd., London, England. According to Mr. Edwardes not drinking wine with spicy foods may be a thing of the past. Warren Edwardes . . . "has often been part of winning teams in wine tasting competitions. . . But what was missing, according to Edwardes, was a good selection of wines specifically created, and not just marketed, to be drunk with curries and spicy food.
When I visted Edwardes' site these two short paragraphs jumped out at me Wine for Spice was created to specify and specially commission quality wines to complement Indian as well as other spicy food such as Sichuan & Hunan Chinese, Indonesian, Malaysian Thai and Mexican food. and Wine for Spice's New Delhi born, founder & CEO, Warren Edwardes worked closely with the best - the producer of the pre-eminent Spanish brand of “semi-sparkling” wines - to develop a range exclusively from traditional local grapes in Girona, Spain. Edwardes commissioned Raja Rosé™, Viceroy White™ and Rani Gold™ as the first wines for Wine for Spice. This is indeed good news.
Take a look at Mr. Edwardes e-mail below and his very interesting web site for more information. See the 'Wine for Spice' link at right side bar. You may want to save this informative link as a source and for Wine for Spice updates. I am very excited about this change of attitude and look forward to trying one of Mr. Edwardes wines. I will keep an eye on Wines For Spice--hopefully they will be exported to the U.S. soon.
Kudos Warren Edwardes.
FROM: Warren Edwardes, CEO of Wine for Spice Ltd., London, England
TO: Hot and Spicy @ BellaOnline.com:
I saw this
Following successful trials in London, England, Wine for Spice's "wine to
add a sparkle to curries and spicy food" semi-sparkling Raja Rosé, Viceroy
White and Rani Gold are to be launched this autumn (fall) in the UK.
"I normally drink beer or sparkling water with curries.", says New Delhi
born, Wine for Spice founder, Warren Edwardes who is of Goan and
The idea for the wines came to Edwardes, CEO of Delphi Risk Management, a
London based financial product innovation consultancy, whilst he was sipping
a spritzer, a glass of white wine mixed with sparkling water, and trying to
come up with a solution to a finance problem.
"It occurred to me that a naturally fermented semi-sparkling young wine with
not as much fizz as Champagne and Cava would add a zing to and bring out the
flavours of Asian food. But not aerated wines as the gas soon fizzles out
or those sickly drinks that taste like fizzy sweetened grape juice."
"I don't drink flat warm beer with my curry - so why should I drink flat
warm wine with it?"
Wine for Spice's wines are produced and bottled in Spain by the pre-eminent
producer of semi-sparkling wines.
For more information and gifs (right click, save as.) visit
http://wineforspice.com and contact me
warren edwardes, ceo
wine for spice ltd
3 hyde park steps
st. george's fields
london W2 2YQ, UK
t: +44 (0) 20 7724 4606
m: +44 (0) 794 191 6328
f: +44 (0) 870 132 0055
Thank so so much Warren Edwardes, we wish you much success and appreciate your comments.
Vanette (Vannie) Ryanes is the CEO of Spices Plus E-Zine for Women and the Host and Editor of Hot and Spicy at BellaOnline
August 30, 2003