A Southern French White is Good with a Sri Lankan Beef Curry

We enjoyed one of Madhur Jaffrey’s Curry Bible recipes – Sri Lankan Red Beef Curry. It combines pungent spices with water and coconut milk, so there was a lot of cooking liquid.  This creamy, slightly sweet curry almost resembled a soup.  An off-dry Riesling would almost certainly been good, but we didn’t have one.  However, we did have a bottle of La Tour de Marrenon Reserve Côtes du Luberon 2010, a Southern French white from Tesco that we last had with a Malaysian curry (see 16 March 2011).  The wine is a blend of Grenache Blanc and Vermentino.  We detected floral aromas, citrus fruits, peaches and a pleasing creaminess.  The wine was good with the curry.  We must try this curry with a Riesling for comparison next time.

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