I fell in love with Indian food this past weekend! It is a cuisine that has always intimidated me. I went to an Indian restaurant a long time ago and didn’t know what to order, then ended up with a dish that wasn’t my favorite. Ever since then, Chris has asked me very nicely on a regular basis if we could please go out and try Indian food again. Washingtonian‘s Top 100 list contains a number of Indian restaurants, but I have just been overwhelmed and kept declining!
Until this weekend. Some friends invited us to go to The Bombay Club with them on Friday night. (More on that soon.) Then, our regular Wine Night group decided to taste Rhône-style white wines paired with Indian cuisine for dinner on Saturday!
To be honest, I was not looking forward to the weekend. How will I know what to order and contribute, I worried, and what if I don’t like any of it? Silly questions. As you can probably predict at this point, the weekend was a huge food success! The Bombay Club was just incredible. And while Indian food can be difficult to make and none of us are experts by any means, our potluck dinner turned out really well!
I asked to be assigned a dish to bring, and was given the task of contributing “cauliflower with a little curry.” So, I made The Lemon Bowl’s Curried Roasted Cauliflower with Coconut Oil. It was great!
1.) 2013 M. Chapoutier Les Vignes de Bila-Haut Cotes du Roussillon Blanc – This one was tart, tasted of citrus, a little bit of peach, and was pretty mellow over all. It was my favorite and won the general vote!
2.) JV Fleury Cotes du Rhone Blanc – Seemed to have a steel taste, even tarter than the first one, some lime, sweet, syrupy, and acidic.
3.) Cass 2013 Paso Robles Estate Grown Viognier – This one smelled fresh and we wondered if there was a bit of fizz to it. We tasted lemon and apple. Peter guessed correctly that it was a Viognier! This was the wine that Chris and I contributed to the tasting, purchased at our local shop, Grateful Red.
4.) 2013 Chateau Ste. Michelle Riesling – I didn’t like this wine, so hardly wrote down much. It was too sweet and tart, not balanced at all. I had no idea that it was a Riesling, but then again, I don’t know much about these kinds of wine!
5.) JV Fleury Cotes du Rhone Blanc – We didn’t know that this was the same one as #2! We thought it was a little bit “hot” and sweet.
6.) 2011 Treana Central Coast White Wine –My favorite descriptor of this wine was from Kim… that it tasted like a piña colada! Sounds great, but not what I usually want in a wine. I thought it was a bit unbalanced. Peter had the most insight on this one, saying it had the best nose, tasted like lychee, and had notes of truffle fruit. He thought it was tight at first, but really opened up as the night went on.
In summary, I still have a lot to learn about Indian — and I realize that there are countless types of regional cuisines within the country — but overall, these white wines turned out to be fantastic pairing options. I can’t wait to further check out Indian food!