Sunderland Echo

SPICY DISHES & WINES

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Shhh It’s Riesling 2019, Germany, £6, Co-op

Young, dry rieslings, with their attention-grabbing, citrusy scents and flavours – and in this case, a pop-art label to boot – accompanie­d by refreshing acidity and a stony minerality will quell the fire in fusion food and countless hot dishes. A win-win wine with lemons and limes in spades, it’s also something of a surprise with steamed fish, ginger and spring onion.

Morrisons The Best Single Vineyard Pinot Noir 2019, DO Aconcagua, Chile, £10, Morrisons

Delicious, with a heavenly strawberry-scented nose, bright cherry-raspberry fruit on a silky smooth palate, subtle oak. Complex yet elegant, this would be divine with duck pancakes with hoisin sauce, sweet and sour pork and anything with a touch of spice.

The Society’s Grüner Veltliner 2019, Austria, £8.50, The Wine Society

Food-friendly and versatile, Austria’s signature white grape is a racy little number with plenty of lemony, grapefruit freshness, subtle hints of white pepper, pear and spice, burst of acidity and crisp character. Pair with an array of Asian dishes, such as mild Thai curries, dim sum and sushi rolls with pickled ginger.

Left Field Harvest Duel Albariño 2019, Gisborne, New Zealand, £10.79, Waitrose

Full of Kiwi charm with punchy florals, breezy tropical and stone fruits alongside a lovely saline note, the bright juicy freshness is a joy with blackened grouper, and a perfect foil for most Sichuan dishes to temper the strong, fiery flavours with its lively acidity.

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