A Southern French White Blend is Very Good with Persian Chicken Koresh

2014-03-16 18.38.20Continuing our quest for more subtly-flavoured recipes, we tried Chicken and Aubergine Koresh, a Persian dish from Best Chicken Recipes.

The chicken thighs were cooked with onion, garlic, chopped tomatoes, aubergines, peppers, lemon juice and cinnamon.  We served the meal with rice.

We chose another interesting Southern French white from the Wine Society – Pelerin Blanc, Pays de Caux, Chartreuse de Mougeres 2012, a blend of Vermentino and Sauvignon Blanc.  This was delicately-flavoured with tropical fruits of melon and pineapple and creamy smooth, with no edges.  Delightful and a very good match with the chicken.

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.

French White Blend Great with Kapitan Curry

We cooked Kapitan Curry, a Malaysian dish from Rick Stein, that we have enjoyed before.  The dish is chicken-based, but we intend to try it next week with prawns for some non-meat eating friends.  Last time we had Kapitan Curry we found McWilliams Hanwood Riesling 2007, an off-dry white, worked very well with the sauce that contains coconut milk.  However, we didn’t have any bottles of McWilliams this time, so Teresa scoured the shelves of Tesco looking for something suitable.  She found La Tour de Marrenon, Cotes du Luberon 2010 that the label suggests goes with Green Chicken and Coconut Soup.  The wine is a combination of  “ripe peachy Grenache Blanc and floral, aromatic and spicy Vermentino.”  It was fresh and citrussy, but at the same time there was a richness.  We both agreed it went very well with the curry.