Wine paring with Indian food?

Hi all! I'm having a dinner party this weekend and serving Indian food, curries, masala, rice and naan bread, etc. I came here to inquire as to what would be the best wine paring for this meal - I'm leaning towards white, but I'm afraid it could end up disastrous. Help!
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beer or something as cheap.

I personally HATE rieslings with indian curries.

Between all of the spices, there is no nuance you'd get from almost any wine.

I think most of the wine pairing for indian curries are more like "What doesn't offend my palate, or what can I use to wash this curry down"

Now if we're talking tandoor baked/grilled stuff, you can have some syrahs, california pinots that pair wonderfully with the subtle baking spices and that great tandoori flavor
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Originally posted by wine+art:
Indian food is a very broad range of food styles, but Champagne and off-dry whites are very safe for a lot of the foods I tend to enjoy.

I have also had many lamb dishes that demanded a red wine also.


you are certainly wise beyond your years
I think W+A and g-man got it.

You have to define "Indian" food first. If you mean something with a lot of turmeric and cumin and chile, that's more specific.

A few years ago I was interested in exporting wine to India and we scheduled a number of tasting events where people cooked their food and we brought a number of different wines.

Dry reds and dry whites almost always failed. Off dry whites worked. And don't spring for something rare and wonderful - just a cool wine with a bit of RS.

But what was more interesting was not the pairing, it was the way in which the wine was approached. Almost always they would have wine as an apertif, with some snacks. Then when dinner came, nobody worried about "pairing". Then after dinner it was liquor.

We in the US obsess about pairing, probably more than anywhere else. But who said wine has to go with food? That's received wisdom gives people goose bumps and makes them feel all profound and shit when they repeat it but in fact, it's just a habit, not a revealed truth. So it was really interesting to deal with those people who understood the concept intellectually but who in reality didn't give a damn.
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Originally posted by g-man:
beer or something as cheap.

I personally HATE rieslings with indian curries.

Between all of the spices, there is no nuance you'd get from almost any wine.

I think most of the wine pairing for indian curries are more like "What doesn't offend my palate, or what can I use to wash this curry down"

Now if we're talking tandoor baked/grilled stuff, you can have some syrahs, california pinots that pair wonderfully with the subtle baking spices and that great tandoori flavor
Since when does g-man recommend pinot noir? Having a kid really changed you...
We have had some luck with off dry whites from the Loire, Germany and Alsace. To be honest, unless we are in an upscale Indian restaurant where the food is a bit more nuanced and wine works better, we just stick to beer and water with Indian food. Have tried red wine and it has nearly always failed for us with Indian food.
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Originally posted by PurpleHaze:
Mostly in the beer camp too. Haven't found many styles of Indian cooking that don't go well with beer. Haven't found many wines that go well with much of the Indian food I prefer (read well spiced or spicy hot)

PH


i'd normally recommend port

but at 102 degrees in NY ... it's really okay.

beer is best.
I've got an Indian dinner event to deal with also. I get the beer as well as all the white wine recommendations, but if you "had to" offer/serve a red wine with Indian food, what sort of varietal/s or blend/s and from what international regions would be tolerable in your experiences.

Thank-you all!
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Originally posted by In Drink Truth:
I've got an Indian dinner event to deal with also. I get the beer as well as all the white wine recommendations, but if you "had to" offer/serve a red wine with Indian food, what sort of varietal/s or blend/s and from what international regions would be tolerable in your experiences.

Thank-you all!


What exactly are you serving?
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Originally posted by In Drink Truth:
I've got an Indian dinner event to deal with also. I get the beer as well as all the white wine recommendations, but if you "had to" offer/serve a red wine with Indian food, what sort of varietal/s or blend/s and from what international regions would be tolerable in your experiences.

Thank-you all!


read posts above.
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Originally posted by spo:
g-man, I thought you were serious till I got to thai reds.


i am

some of the thai curries loaded with coconut and spices, few of their reds are crisp, light, clean and make a decent complement to the meal.

Siam winery
and pb valley are two that have something in their line up that come to mind.
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Originally posted by PurpleHaze:
Mostly in the beer camp too. Haven't found many styles of Indian cooking that don't go well with beer. Haven't found many wines that go well with much of the Indian food I prefer (read well spiced or spicy hot)

PH

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Originally posted by KSC02:
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Originally posted by PurpleHaze:
Mostly in the beer camp too. Haven't found many styles of Indian cooking that don't go well with beer. Haven't found many wines that go well with much of the Indian food I prefer (read well spiced or spicy hot)

PH

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Although seemingly odd, we once drank a '05 Domaine La Roquette CdP alongside a spicy Indian meal and it worked strangely enough and was one of the most popular pairings of the evening.

Never would have thought...

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