TN: wines with Indian food, with pork roast, and with lamb


Sunday Betsy and some friends planned a surprise party for a couple of friends who provide a monthly charitable dinner. The theme was Indian, and we had a big spread (there were 40 people) with tandoori chicken, lamb curry, seafood curry, dal, raita, assorted vegetable dishes, and naan.
Lots of different wines circulating. I had brought: NV Gruet Blanc de Noirs (Nex Mexico) Green apple fruit, slight hint of yeast, light-bodied. Nice QPR sparkler that handled lots of dishes well. B/B+
2003 Leitz R=FCdesheimer Klosterlay Kabinett Light and easy, if a little sweet for Kabinett. Lime and apple fruit. Not bad, though I didn't like as much as previous bottles - maybe shutting down a little? B
2001 Campuget Blanc (Costi=E8res de N=EEmes) Unlike previous bottles this seemed slightly oxidized. Apple/applesauce fruit, modest length. B-/C+
Other wines I tried: 2001 Ch. de Lancyre Vielles Vignes (Pic St Loup): Spicy and ripe, a bit of oak. Nice enough wine, good deal if under $12. B
2002 Raymond Monterey County Chardonnay I think this retails for under $10, and it's nice enough for that price. Basic CalCard- some tropical fruit, a bit of toasty vanilla oak, a bit short, but good for the Chard-lovers. B-
2004 Whitehaven Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough) I'd liked previous vintages of this. This showed some hot pepper as well as gooseberry fruit, but overall a bit thin. B-
Monday Betsy made a pork roast, using the leftover salsa verde from previous week. The salsa was mild enough I thought I could go with a medium-bodied red with decent acidity, opened the 1993 Fattoria Le Corti Chianti Classico. Dead and gone, a maderized mess. C-/D
Next try, the 2002 Feiler-Artinger Blaufrankisch Umriss (Burgenland). A bit shy at first, then with some air showing bright red cherry fruit and light oak nuances. As it sat in glass really fleshed out, with some spice and pepper as well as damp earth. Very nice wine, a definite buy-again. B+
No wine Tuesday, then Wednesday Betsy had little time to prepare dinner. She brought home some lamb chops for me to grill, and served some little-work sides (she picked up some prepared green beans and bruschetta topping from local Italian market, - mixed the bruschetta sauce with some fried pancetta and tossed with gemelli). I decanted a bottle of 1994 Beausejour-Duffau (St. Emilion) before I started grill. Showing rather hard and charmless at first. Some rare lamb brought out more interesting nuances. With lamb fat and time there was rather deep red raspberry fruit, some cigarbox. Still rather tannic, but good. B+
Grade disclaimer: I'm a very easy grader, basically A is an excellent wine, B a good wine, C mediocre. Anything below C means I wouldn't drink at a party where it was only choice. Furthermore, I offer no promises of objectivity, accuracy, and certainly not of consistency
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