The first time I tried a Gewurztraminer was at an Indian restaurant several years ago. It was also the first time I had a more extensive taste of Indian foods. I asked the waiter what would go well with my order and he told me about this unusual white wine that could hold its’ own with all the bold spices and complexity of Indian food. He was right on the money. To me it was a marriage made in heaven and I have loved this pairing ever since.
For those of you interested in trying this wonderful pairing, I recommend the Borell-Diehl 2014 Gewurztraminer Kabinett Pfalz for the first time out, particularly if you like some sweet with your spice. This wine is very aromatic with rose, grapefruit, lychee , coriander, cardamom and candied apricot notes that will make your mouth sing ( and possibly dance) with jubilation.
Pair this delicious wine with a meal of Samosas ( potatoes, onions, peas, coriander, and lentils, often served with a mint or tamarind sauce ), Chicken Curry, Aloo gobi (cauliflower with potatoes sauted with garam masala, Basmati rice and Naan ( Tandoor-baked soft flatbread). Finish with a dessert of rice and milk pudding with raisins and cashews known as Kheer or Payasam.
The film A Passage to India from 1984 was directed by David Lean known for such epic films as Lawrence of Arabia and Doctor Zhivago. Based on E.M. Forester’s 1924 novel, the movie deals with the tragic issues of British Imperialistic India, and the rise of independence seeking nationals. A Passage to India received eleven Oscar nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director for Lean, and Best Actress for Judy Davis for her portrayal as Adela Quested. Peggy Ashcroft won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal as Mrs. Moore, making her, at 77, the oldest actress to win the award, and Maurice Jarre won his third Academy Award for Best Original Score.
You may want to watch this film, enjoy the meal and the wine on a rainy, cold, summer day like today.