Thursday, 30 January 2014

Trying out Côtes du Rhône Wines with Chinese Food

What do you drink with your Chinese takeaway? White wine? Beer? Soft drinks? I was sent some Côtes du Rhône wines to try with a Chinese takeaway. Here's how I got on... 

We're not big wine drinkers, but a glass of something chilled is often called for when we kick back and stuff ourselves with a Chinese takeaway. It seems to cut the richness of roasted duck or the oiliness of a wok-fried tangle of noodles. 

I was sent a couple of bottles of Côtes du Rhône wines - one red, one rosé - to try with a Chinese takeaway. Would they be refreshing enough? Would they complement the flavours and spices in the food? And are they worth the money? 


pairing wine and chinese takeaway pics

Cairanne Villages, Domaine de l'Ameillaud, Cave de Villedieu, 2012 (Retailer: The Wine Society RRP: £9.50

The red wine was first up - the Cairanne Villages, Domaine de l'Ameillaud 2010. It was full-bodied and rich - not as acidic as some other reds I've tasted in the past and so perfect for drinking with a meal or for sipping on afterwards with your tummy full, amidst empty plastic cartons. We enjoyed it. It went well with the duck and hoisin spring rolls and fantastically with the barbecued spare ribs. It was good too with the Cantonese beef fillet, with its sweet but beefy sauce. It's not a break the bank kind of wine, but again it's not cheap at £9.50. But to be honest, you could taste the quality. Definitely a wine I would buy (especially if I was cooking barbecued ribs). 


cotes du rhone red wine

Côtes du Rhône Cuvée des Templiers, Cave de Villedieu 2012 (Retailer: The Wine Society RRP £7.95)

And then onto the rosé - a peachy number - Cuvée des Templiers, Cave de Villedieu 2012. We found it fruity and citrussy - perfectly refreshing and sweet sipped while munching on prawn toasts, spring rolls, fried rice and chow mein. In fact the red went well with the special chow mein too - but this one was refreshing enough to clean the palate after every sip and made the takeaway even more pleasant than it was already. This one was less pricey than the red, at £7.95 and again I'd say it was worth the money. Especially when you consider the cheapest bottles in the supermarket cost from about £4 - and you'd get nowhere near the quality you get here. 


cotes du rhone rose wine

In all, the wines were great - and I was surprised at how well they complemented the Chinese food. They also cemented my belief that even with a standard Chinese takeaway it makes sense to shell out an extra few quid on a good bottle of wine to go with it - you'll really taste the difference. 

For more information on any of these wines, or others in the range, visit the Côtes du Rhône website

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