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Takeaways and matching wines

Whether it`s Thai, Chinese, Indian, Fish and Chips, or Traditional Sunday Roast, the takeaways on offer locally are a real treat, replacing, somewhat, dining out at restaurants. And it occurs to me the best of it is we get to drink our own wine, and what an opportunity this is. Whatever we spend on a bottle of wine in a restaurant, generally half it, or third it, to drink at home. Or better, spend what you would at a restaurant, and get twice or three times the wine! You get my gist. £15-20 in our shop will buy you a decent burgundy, Whispering Angel Provence Rosé, or a first class ten-year old Rioja. In a restaurant it will buy you diddly-squat. Now this does not in any way imply that our restaurants do not offer value. Dining out is still one of our favourite pass times, and we are happy to pay a premium for the joy it gives us. Indeed, most of us are missing the hospitality sector desperately, and we long for its return. But we are where we are, and I am suggesting we all make the most of it. Our Gt Horkesley shop is open six days a week, Monday to Saturday, 10am-6.30pm, so, with plenty of parking, decent wine is pretty much available on tap. Just let us know what`s on the menu, and we will recommend the best possible match. Matching the right wine with your takeout can add considerably to your overall pleasure. Here`s one to tittle your taste buds:  China Chef, Colchester Menu C, £19.80: Sesame Prawns on Toast – Crispy Aromatic Duck with Pancakes – King Prawns in Chilli Sauce Beef with Ginger and Spring Onion – Sweet and Sour Chicken Cantonese Style – Stir-fried Mixed Vegetables – Egg-fried Rice. Matching wine: Kloster Eberbach Estate Riesling Trocken, Rheingau, Germany 2018, £17.99. An aromatic white wine with fine balance, stone fruit, a little spice, and ripe pear. The palate is fresh with a delicious thread of lime, thirst-quenching and palate-cleansing.

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