Chicken Biryani Wine Pairing

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Biryani is world-renowned and with one bite of this fragrant, flavorful dish it’s easy to see why. While most commonly associated with Indian food, it’s origins are spread throughout South Asia and the ingredients vary from one region to another. 

Chicken Biryani is perhaps the most well-known throughout the world. This savory dish consists of layers of juicy chicken, light, fluffy rice and a blend of spices and herbs such as garam masala, garlic, ginger, coriander and chili pepper. It’s commonly thought that wine doesn’t go well with Indian food due to the complexity of flavor, but that couldn’t be further from the truth, and the growing number of wineries in India can back that up. 

Best Red Wine to Pair with Chicken Biryani

While the flavors of Chicken Biryani are abundant, they’re also light. With that being said, if you’re going to choose a red with your meal, you’ll want to make sure it is also light and fragrant so as not to overpower your dish. 

  • Lambrusco; a slight bubbliness with strong berry notes.
  • Pinot Noir; always a popular choice; light on body, high on aromatics.
  • Beaujolais; also known as Gamay, light, low tannins.
  • Grenache; floral with strong berry flavor and notes of citrus.

Best White Wine to Pair with Chicken Biryani

Similar to the reds, you want to take care in choosing a white wine that is not going to overpower all of the wonderful flavors in the dish. Try one of these four can’t-miss whites:

  • Riesling; Light, sweet, crisp and highly acidic. Known for being food-friendly.
  • Pinot Blanc; very light, and floral with notes of citrus and peach. 
  • Grüner Veltliner; Light, citrus-focused flavors of lime, lemon and grapefruit.
  • Sparkling Rosé; bubbly with bright acidity and a strong berry flavor.  

Chicken Biryani is typically considered a mild dish, but if you’re going to add some heat, you’ll want something cold, lower in alcohol and sweet. The spicier your dish the sweeter the wine. This is what makes Riesling such a good match for most Indian dishes.

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