Best wines for spicy food
Move beyond beer for a drink that plays nicely with spicy dishes. Here are our picks for the best wines to pair (surprise: it's not only whites)
Harissa Lamb with Lemon Mint Chickpea SaladSuper quick, and plenty flavorful, the harissa marinade does double duty as a spicy sauce once the lamb is cooked.
Recipe: Harissa Lamb with Lemon Mint Chickpea Salad
Pair with: Zinfandel. The rich, sweet fruit of this grape is great for taming the harissa heat in this dish. And the brimming berries in the Zin make a good foil for full-flavored lamb combined with mint. A hit of black pepper in our bottle pick creates a bridge too. Recommended bottle: August Briggs 2010 Zinfandel (Napa Valley).