Think: what are the dominant flavours in my dish?
Hint: it’s not usually ‘chicken’ or ‘pasta’, as most wine labels will have you believe. It may be the tikka massala sauce, the mushrooms, the fruit, even the herbs, the chilli, the side order – or the ketchup!
Action: find a wine that works with those dominant flavours. Eg with chicken tikka massala, you need a wine that works well with spice, tangy tomatoes and creamy richness – aromatic off-dry whites work well, among others.