Everyone knows you can’t drink a heavy red wine with a spicy Thai or Indian curry. Well, you could but then you’d likely be wasting a good bottle of wine. It’s not always easy to find wines that hold up to curries that are spicy and acidic and so many opt for the reliable standby which in Indian restaurants tends to be a Kingfisher beer.
But just because it is difficult does not mean it is impossible. Now, I’m no expert in wines but I’ve been experimenting. With the right people. When wine and food blogger Nancy Feasts, invited me to a Thai food and wine lunch this summer, I jumped at the chance. ‘Feast and Tweet‘ was born and I was just happy to be a part of it! When our next foray took us to India in Nancy’s elegant dining room for an epic seven hour lunch, there would be no turning back.
So it happens that on next Wednesday, October 27th, Feast and Tweet is organizing a Flavors of India event that starts at 6:30pm Pacific time. How does it work? We recommend a few dishes and wines that we’ve already tried and liked. You get together a group of friends and cook and/or get takeout. And at least one of you joins us on Twitter, letting us know what you are eating, what wines you like and how much fun you are having. You’ll read what others are saying as well. Hopefully the conversations generate ideas and get more people comfortable in ordering wines at Indian restaurants, taking an appropriate bottle to an Indian dinner party or just to know what to have on hand if you cook Indian food at home.
I’m so excited about this event that I’ll be sending a free chickpea curry sample kit from Veena’s Market to the first 20 people who sign up on the Feast and Tweet site! If you decide to cook a dish or two for the event, I’ll be happy to answer questions the evening before and between 5:30 and 6:30pm on October 27th.
For more info and to sign up, please click here.
For general principles on pairing spicy food with wine, click here.
And I want to end with saying Cheers to the fabulous women who have invited me into their fold and taught me a lot about wine and food! Check out their websites and blogs
Lots and lots about wine and beer in WA state – http://wine-beer-washington.com/
Fun Asian cooking classes http://www.nuculinary.com/aboutus.html
Food and wine pairings blog http://table.food-wine-pairing.com/