Pair It Up! Angela Liddon's Curry with Lang Wines
A few months ago I wrote about how I was getting into Angela Liddon’s Oh She Glows cookbook. I’ve dog-eared many a page and enjoyed making a good handful of her plant-based recipes, and while I still go to it often, I’ve had to make room on the shelf for her newest book, Oh She Glows Every Day. Again, her recipes are simple and easy to follow, delicious and nutrient-rich, too. Taking advantage of the free shipping deal from Lang Vineyards that's on right now, I'll be pairing an outstanding vegan curry with one of Lang's best wines.
Hitting autumn’s stride, my wife and I have been tackling a few of the book’s heartier recipes, and our favourite to-date is a sweet potato, chickpea and spinach coconut curry. You can take a gander and give the recipe a whirl over here at The Green Life blog. It’s a rich and warming dish, with cumin, coriander, ginger, red pepper flakes and turmeric giving it plenty of soul. Using coconut milk instead of dairy keeps it vegan without forsaking a richness you’d hope a dish like this would carry.
It definitely has some bold flavours going on, along with a small kiss of heat. For a wine to go with it, I personally like something fairly opulent itself that will stand up to the dish’s complexity.
Lang Vineyards 2015 Viognier from the Okanagan Valley’s Naramata Bench would be in fine form here. It has pretty aromatics orange-blossom and apple, while the palate is drenched with ripe peaches, nectarines. and apricots. There’s a good lashing of honey on the finish that would handily envelope the dish’s touch of heat. It has a good concentration of fruit and a fine balance of acid keeps it from being too sweet or cloying.
If you haven’t had a chance to try the wines from Lang, this is a good time to get on them as they’re currently offering free shipping here at My Wine Canada when you order a minimum of six bottles. Oh, and you can even mix and match, so be sure to nab their legendary Farm Reserve Riesling and their Bordeaux-inspired red Meritage blend, too!
Kurtis Kolt is a Vancouver-based wine consultant, writer, competition judge and enthusiast. Track him down at KurtisKolt.com, or on Twitter and Instagram @KurtisKolt.