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Delices and Gourmandises Gewürztraminer & Indian Food

Posted by Miguel B, Jan 26, 2016.

Hi guys,
I would like to order Delices and Gourmandises Gewürztraminer for a dinner party with my in-laws but I am also tempted by a Riesling, what is the difference between them? which is the
most suitable?

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Reply by EMark, Jan 26, 2016.

I'm not really an expert on these wines (OK, I'm really not an expert in anything related to wine), but I feel that either would be fine with Indian food.

Both wines are quite floral with tropical or stone fruit flavors.  Gewurztraminer has a distinctive "spicy" characteristic that puts off some people.  Of course on the flip side it is exactly that spicy characteristic that many people feel allows it to pair well with Asian cuisines.

Now, the smart answer is to try to find out which one your father-in-law prefers and go with that.   ;-)

Let us know how it works out.

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Reply by juls31, Jan 28, 2016.

Hi Miguel,


Both of Gewurztraminer and Riesling grape varietals originated from Germany but they are slightly  
different in aromatics and flavor profile. As EMARK said, "Gewurztraminer has a spicy characteristic". Dry Riesling is also acceptable though it is less fruity but everything is in the acidity, texture and intensity. You'd better try both of them before the dinner party if you still have enough time :)

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Reply by Miguel B, Feb 1, 2016.

Thanks for replying Emark and Juls. I have to decide earlier since the party is on Feb 7th. Maybe I'll follow Emark advices as my father in-laws tends to enjoy Gewürztraminer, I wouldn't have enough time for tasting notes.

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Reply by dmcker, Feb 1, 2016.

I'm going to be the contrarian and suggest riesling. Gewurztraminer can be excellent, but it's a stronger, distinctive flavor profile that can sometimes polarize opinions. Riesling can be superb, matches a broader range of food options with its range of subtleties, and is generally appreciated by a broader range of drinkers.

Do you have any idea what the menu will be? And what is the budget per bottle? Finally, what is your location, and what are your shopping options (local wineshop, supermarket, online, etc.), other than the Delices and Gourmandises offering? I'm not really liking the fact that it's showing the Gewurztraminer as red wine, and that a click on the link goes to an entirely different wine from southern France...

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Reply by JonDerry, Feb 1, 2016.

I'll 2nd the Riesling recommendation, for all of those reasons! However it would be extra nice to have both to compare.

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Reply by EMark, Feb 1, 2016.

C'mon,guys.  Didn't you read Miguel's comment:

my father in-laws tends to enjoy Gewürztraminer

I hadn't been married very long when I learned that there is absolutely no down-side to going with your f-i-l's flow.  

;-)

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Reply by dmcker, Feb 1, 2016.

Fathers in law can be pleased in many ways. Probably by a riesling that is as good as or better than any Gewurtz, and that will please more in the dinner party, too. Gift the Gewurtz to him some time, but share the riesling with the group.

The issue still remains about the source for the wine, whichever varietal is chosen.

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Reply by EMark, Feb 1, 2016.

At least I did not suggest a Pinot Noir even though I'm one for one OKing PN with Indian fare.

;-)

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Reply by vin0vin0, Feb 1, 2016.

Indian food is one of those really tough wine pairings, I usually go with a good cold beer (I know, easy way out).

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Reply by dmcker, Feb 1, 2016.

Why are we assuming Indian fare here? 98% of the time beer and even whisky are the right call for it, but anyway I revert to my question in the previous sentence...

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Reply by GregT, Feb 2, 2016.

Well it's a good point - what the food is going to be. That's a fundamental question.

And then there's Riesling, which comes in many iterations.

And then there's the father in law issue.

Sheesh.

If the food is going to be spicy, I'd think that something slightly sweet might be a nice idea. That could go with any of the above. I will say though, Gwertz is always great on the first sip. It generally goes downhill from there.

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Reply by duncan 906, Feb 2, 2016.

Might I suggest a demi-sec Vouvray from the Loire valley.Unlike Indian food it is not spicy and is slightly sweet.

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Reply by Richard Foxall, Feb 2, 2016.

Yeah, where did anyone get the idea the food was Indian? 

Gewurz is much more polarizing.  I don't have a father in law but I do generally favor pleasing your in-laws, up to a point.  I do agree with GregT that Gewurz is really wild and exciting at first, but wears on you very quickly.  Once in a blue moon I find one I like.

There are also a few blends of the two.  There's the old Edelzwicker that blended those and could include Muscat and Pinot Gris.  Two Alsace Grand Crus can also blend them with Pinot Gris.  We're drinking something later this week that includes those and a few more.  Can't remember the name of it because my wife bought it.  Guess what we are having it with?  Spicy Asian food.

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Reply by EMark, Feb 2, 2016.

Well, silly me, I read the thread title and thought the dinner was going to be Indian food.

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Reply by dmcker, Feb 2, 2016.

Silly me for getting stuck on the merchant and not reading past it in the title, though I did read all of his posts. Next question is then what Indian food. Anything with kick in it as well as certain spices and forget about even riesling and gewurztraminer. Have lots of raita and lassi handy for the heat, and go with beer, and if so desired, something distilled.

Anyway, this was a semi-driveby.

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Reply by juls31, Feb 3, 2016.

"my father in-laws tends to enjoy Gewürztraminer " For better or worse, I think Miguel is going to order Delices and Gourmandises Gewürztraminer which is somehow a good idea though I find the bottle a bit expensive unless he bought 2 bottles or plus, they will be discounted.
The last time I ate indian food was on a trip in New Delhi in 2014. Indian dishes are full of flavours, few of them I enjoyed the most : Chicken Tikka Masala, tandoori Prawns and Lamb Gosht.

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Reply by Andrew210, Feb 24, 2016.

Hi there,
I am also interested in buying a few bottles of Delices and Gourmandises wines. How much did you spend for the Gewürztraminer Miguel?

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Reply by Richard Foxall, Feb 25, 2016.

Andrew, I don't think the poster will ever check back in.  Happens.

It does pay to read the thread title, doesn't it?  It's also better to be a tad more obvious when being sarcastic.  Thanks, Emark, for getting us back on track. We could have batted that around for a while without actually pointing out the misread. 

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Reply by EMark, Feb 25, 2016.

:-)

The funny thing is I'm usually the guy who misses the obvious (really important) words in so many posts.

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Reply by Miguel B, Mar 8, 2016.

Hello guys and sorry for the delay ! The Gewürztraminer was perfect, the in-laws were on seventh heaven. I shouldn't have bothered you with Gewürztraminer and Riesling but I saw many good reviews on Gewürztraminer that I was lost in choosing the perfect one for the party though I also love Riesling.

We had veg Samosa for entree and lamb vindaloo with the Gewürzt for main. A great combination of cheese, cardamom and saffron for dessert. I do not remember its name but they were all excellent...

I often went on Majestic Wine but this time I tried  to use online shop, Delices and Gourmandises was just a friend recommendation but I was not deceived. I was supposed to buy a bottle of Gewürzt but there were special offers on the bottles so I got 2 for $31.
 

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