November 16, 2016

An Indian Spice Affaire this Thanksgiving

For me, Thanksgiving is like a culmination of two Indian movies: Aasif Mandavi's Today's Special - a family drama made even more colorful by a culinary pursuit, and Monsoon Wedding - a big, galloping wedding movie in which the party is a clear metaphor for the world. 



So, in the spirit of family, love, and debaucheries, how about an Indian Thanksgiving, from LXV Wine, to carry the mood and flavors of the night! Just have ghee, garam masala and a few basic whole spices in your pantry and we would have made an Indian Chef of you by Thanksgiving! And give the wine a lot of thought! As Rumi said,

"Either give me more wine or leave me alone."


A glass of a Brut (dry) Sparkling wine will strike a celebratory note, as family and friends arrive with a heightened anticipation of Thanksgiving.
LXV SUMMER SATINE


Few bottles of racy whites chilling in a bucket of cold water (not ice), with flowers floating in them, will entice your guests to refill their glasses to  complement the unparalleled array of samosas, kebabs and other appetizers.

The aromatics of an off-dry Riesling from Alsace or Germany, a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc or a statelier Viognier, like LXV Summer Satine, will complement the bouquet in the air.

The refreshing acidity in these wines will cleanse your palate for the next bite, as you tantalize your taste buds, back and forth, with samosas, and kebabs. And if a conversation is your aperitif,  the wine will be your silent companion for the quiet reflections, in midst of the revelry! 

A simple way to make a open-faced samosa : use phyllo cups and bake them with the samosa stuffing! And two delicious kebab recipes that could be prepped in advance: Malai (cream-based) chicken kebab and Seekh Kebab!


As the mood starts levitating, and stories start spilling about childhood shenanigans and adult debaucheries, the heavenly notes of spice will waft into the air, as you set the table with the most extravagant accompaniments of cumin potatoes, very rich and royal navratan korma (9 jewels), or the very exotic Smoked Dhaba Dal (smoked from a live coal).



But what will steal the show will be the Tandoori Turkey! This beautiful bird, with a fiery hue of orange and red, and succelent juices dripping with every cut, curried drippings (just add a dash of garam masala to the drippings), and served with piping hot naan bread, will have everyone begging for more!

LXV RESERVE SYRAH


This calls for some earthy wines that will build on the complexity of these dishes and the sentiment.

Young Rhone wines that typically employ little oak barrels when aging, sing with such dishes. The spice notes in Syrah from Hermitage or the Grenache in a  Ch√Ęteauneuf-du-Pape will complement the myriad of masalas, with the fruit in the wine tempering the soaring spice. LXV Reserve Syrah generously offers blueberries and boysenberries, with hints of petrichor and dark spices, followed by layers of sandalwood, cedar, and dried tobacco. 

Always keep an additional glass of white wine next to your red. Sometimes a white can do more for a complex meal than a red can. And it is always a great palate cleanser!

And if you truly believe this is the feast for Gods, open that stowed away Sauternes with a biryani (this one is a personal favorite!).




I would not take away from the traditional pies. But delicately lace them with cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg, or all aspice. And muse your guests with a sake tasting! Or stay true to tradition with a Late Harvest or Moscato d’Asti.

After everyone has bid adieu, and you are enveloped by the quiet of your home, treat yourself to a sip of Madeira. You deserve it...


You will never know the true value of a moment,
until it becomes a memory!



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