Get your wine glasses ready, we’re delivering four of the best takeout dishes around town, and their wine pairings to get you started:
Lemon curry chicken tacos from Bone Garden Cantina, 1425 Ellsworth Industrial Blvd. N.W., Atlanta.
Best wine pairing: off-dry riesling
The lemon curry chicken tacos at the quirky Westside cantina pack a warm and zesty punch. To play off the tongue-tingling flavors, Schneider recommends an off-dry riesling (“off-dry” signaling mild sweetness). “With lemon, you automatically think acid,” she said, and pairing the acidic wine with acidic food softens the heat in the curry. Look for a riesling from Germany.
Bastardo pizza from Varuni Napoli, 1540 Monroe Drive N.E., Atlanta.
Best wine pairing: montepulciano d’Abruzzo
Head to this Midtown gem for an artisan pie created by pizza mastermind Luca Varuni. Not your run-of-the-mill takeout pizza, the bastardo bites back with a kick of heat from sausage and spicy pepperoni. Bonus: It’s ready in minutes, thanks to a wood-burning oven. “With spicy food, you have to be careful,” Schneider warned. “The salt magnifies the tannins.” Montepulciano is light and fruity — the perfect partner for the spicy pizza.
Tandoori chicken from Mint Leaf, 2350 Spring Road S.E., Smyrna.
Best wine pairing: gamay
Looking for a takeout adventure? Visit Mint Leaf in Smyrna. Tandoori chicken marinates overnight in a blend of spices and yogurt, making for a juicy — yet spicy — dish. Because of that dialed-up spice, the tandoori is best paired with a lighter red wine. Schneider recommends gamay, which is a lesser known light-bodied red wine from the Beaujolais region of France. This makes it a good partner for the hotter tandoori chicken. As Schneider pointed out, “You don’t want to drown the spice; you want to complement it.”
Shrimp pad thai from Little Bangkok, 2225 Cheshire Bridge Road N.E., Atlanta.
Best wine pairing: sauvignon blanc
Popular Little Bangkok’s pad thai is just the ticket for a dose of Asian comfort food. The classic noodle dish is sweet, sour and crunchy, and is balanced nicely by a sauvignon blanc. “You don’t want something too thin, but fruity and floral, with earthiness,” Schneider said. She recommends snagging a bottle from New Zealand for optimal fruitiness.