New Wine, $17


Southern hemisphere wines are often great value for money. This bottle of South African red wine is cheap and the bottling is nice, so I decided to give it a try.



It looks pretty light-bodied and tasted like lime juice. Too much acid! I turned it into sangria.

Sangria With Curry

I think sangria goes pretty well with curry. I used to make “complicated” sangria with prunes, grapes and what not, but orange and lemon juice are really all that you need.

Freshly squeezed orange juice. You can use cordial, but it won’t taste as good. I have about 8 oranges here. Remember to squeeze in the juice from one lemon too. You can use lime, but I find that lemon works better for me.

There’s a lot of debate about whether you should “waste” a good wine on sangria, but I personally find that good sangria always comes from good wine. This wine is on offer and it’s reasonably good. Of course, my favourite are South African or Chilean wines. Once, I used a Spanish wine. It definitely went well.

And here’s the mixture. It still looks like red wine, but even people who don’t like wine will love this. I’ve chilled the wine and oranges beforehand, so this sangria is ready for drinking. Goes well with curry.

© Chan Joon Yee