Gray Monk Pinot Gris 2020
Last night we had Tandoori chicken... something we have often on week nights. We get it pre-marinade from the South Asian butcher and grill it up, usually with raita or tzatziki, naan and Greek salad. As @tabithabrown would say, "it's my business." So I hopped onto my Instagram stories to talk about how I went about selecting a wine to go with dinner. A first for me, it's really hard to put my face on stories and speak but something I'd like to do more of. I discussed how matching the body of the wine to the body of your dish is one excellent way of looking at a wine pairing... in this case, the sumptuous, but not super rich tandoori chicken thighs paired with a light to medium bodied Pinot Gris.
I selected the 2020 Pinot Gris from Gray Monk and I'm glad I did. The body was medium-, a pale gold with the slightest undertone of peach, giving away it's Okanagan stone fruit profile. The wine displayed beautiful white peach and juicy yellow plum, with Barlett pear, ripe green melon and sweet lemon curd. The acidity was medium/medium- and the sweetness off dry, which kept in nicely in check against the heat of the tandoori spices and gives it a luscious mouthfeel. The finish played well into the flavourful spices of the chicken as well, with honey, clove and even a candied ginger.
This is a pairing I would be confident to do again and definitely recommend you give it a go!