Takeaways aren't what they used to be.
With new apps and websites and fancy technology, you can have pretty much any kind of meal delivered directly to your door. That dodgy-tasting, dried-up, late-night plate of regret simply doesn't exist anymore. Because takeaways have upped their game.
And so should you.
A takeaway is an indulgent treat, so make sure the meal isn't let down by a sub-standard drinking partner. Even with takeaway food there's a wine that pairs perfectly to enhance the experience.
But don't just take our word for it...
We've partnered with Deliveroo and Quiqup so that if you live in London, you can have a delightful bottle of wine (or spirit) delivered just as quickly as your takeaway food of choice - without even leaving the house...
Fish & Chips
It has to be Champagne. Officially (by our books anyway) one of the best food and wine combos on the planet, Champagne has the acidity and bubble to cut through batter and fatty chips, whilst also being robust enough for its flavours not to disappear with vinegar and lemon juice.
With Moët & Chandon, Veuve Clicquot and Dom Perignon all available for swift delivery, make like a modern day renegade and unite high-class sipping with traditional feasting.
If you don't fancy bubbles, you could also go for a zingy New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, which similarly has the necessary fruitiness and acidity to complement battered fish and acidic condiments.
Barbecued meat is great with a strong red. The wine should have enough fruitiness to deal with spicy, garlicky sauces and other strong flavours, so a New World Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon is perfect. Try the mouthwatering Delaire Graff Estate Shiraz 2013, or a Cabernet Sauvignon.
Indian takeaways are tricky, because dishes cover a spectrum of flavours, from hot and savoury to mild, creamy and almost sweet.
The heat of chilli in food can enhance any bitterness and acidity in wine, whilst reducing sweetness, richness and fruitiness. So, fruity and rich is the way to go, which is why New World Chardonnay is so often recommended for spicy food. French Chardonnay, such as Chablis, is too dry and too light, and the tannins in red wine will taste overly bitter.
This Argentinian Chardonnay is just about perfect: Terrazas de los Andes Selection Chardonnay 2013.
However, if you're more a fan of mild, creamy dishes like korma and sweet peshwari naans, a refreshing Sauvignon Blanc will do the trick.
Most Chinese takeaways available in the UK are Hong Kong in style, which tend to be on the sweeter side and with many different types of spices. The best partner is therefore something refreshing, but not too dry, otherwise the wine will taste sour in comparison. German or Austrian off-dry (or even sweet) Reisling makes a great combo, or try a super-aromatic off-dry Gewürztraminer from Alsace in Northern France.
The best Italian wine is always made to partner with food - most Italians don't drink wine without food. Or eat food without wine for that matter...
Their acidic cuisine (tomatoes, lemon, anchovies, Parmesan) needs acidic wine to complement the flavours. A good Chianti - or if you're splashing out a Barolo or Barbaresco - is an ideal partner to tasty pizza.