Spanish and Alsace Whites Eventually Win Through with Rick’s Mussaman Curry

IMG_0214.JPG (2)We went for Thai Mussaman Beef Curry from Rick Stein’s Far Eastern Odyssey. The recipe includes fish sauce, shrimp paste, lemongrass, palm sugar and black cardamon.  We ended up sampling a couple of different wines with it.

First up, we opened a bottle of Waitrose’s Aromatic and Citrus Spanish Dry White.  This is made in Galicia from the Airen grape.  It was pale gold, crisp with a citrus pineapple creaminess.  We thought it improved through the meal and was a good match.

We also opened a bottle of La Pierry Alsace Riesling 2008, a French white we had bought in Alsace. This had a slight sweetness and was very creamy and acidic with peach flavours.  We were not impressed with this at first with the food, but found it too improved considerably after a while.

Two examples of how the palate sometimes adjusts favourably to a wine as a meal progresses.

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