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Pairing Washington Wine with Indian Food

A Feast of Indian Dishes

Do you find pairing spicy cuisines with wine can prove a challenge sometimes? So do we.  Even though we’ve learned a lot at school about food and wine pairing, what sounds good on paper doesn’t always translate to real world success. So when we find a pairing to be a challenge, we simply experiment. In other words, we prepare a dish (or two or three…), and open up a few bottles of wine (okay, usually way more than two or three). The point is, even though Pinot Gris is often a “go to” wine for an Indian dish like Saag Paneer, that doesn’t mean that one  Pinot Gris is necessarily going to be as great a match as another.

Over the last year, our friend Veena has helped us experience the joy of preparing Indian food at home. This inspired us to prepare a post for our “Feast and Tweet” event on Pairing Wine with Indian Food. As noted above, what sounds good in principle can still require some experimentation. So we tasted a number of wines with Indian food. Some of the Washington wines we favored with Chickpea Curry, Mulligatawny Soup, Eggplant Bartha, Mattar Paneer, and Chicken Tikka Masala included Whidbey Island Winery‘s 2008 Siegerrebe and Coyote Canyon‘s 2008 Primitivo and 2009 Albarino.

Wine for Saag Paneer

The experiment continues this weekend. Veena will be joining me at the Magnolia location of Dish it up! this Saturday. While she demonstrates how to prepare her Sassy Saag, I will be pouring tastes of wine  including Willow Crest Pinot Gris from the Yakima Valley. Will the wine and food create a synergistic pairing? You can decide for yourself!

Event Details

Saturday, October 22nd

12:30 – 3:00p.m.

Cooking demo starts at 12:30. Tastes and sips served from 1-3. Stop by anytime during the tasting for quick tips on preparing Indian food at home. All Pinot Gris 10% off. Make an afternoon of it and shop the Farmers Market on its last day of the season.

Dish it up! Magnolia

2425 33rd Avenue West Seattle, WA 98199 (206) 281-7800

Full disclosure:  I work at Dish it up!

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