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Senior editor MaryAnn Worobiec has been with Wine Spectator since 1997. She tastes New Zealand wines and California Petite Sirah, Sauvignon Blanc and "other" whites.
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Hot Curry, Cool Wine

Firestone Riesling Central Coast 2007

MaryAnn Worobiec
Posted: August 4, 2010

Curry is one of my go-to meals—I always have rice, curry paste and coconut milk in the pantry, and ginger and kaffir lime leaves in the freezer to give my curry an extra aromatic kick. I love that I can take any fresh or frozen meat and/or vegetable and give myself a satisfying meal in about 30 minutes.

On a recent night, I made some red curry with frozen halibut and fresh broccoli, and accented it with some pungent Thai basil leaves a friend gave me from their garden. I was a bit generous with the curry paste, and it turned out hotter than I anticipated. Even putting in a bit of brown sugar to balance the flavors didn’t tame the bite. It was good, but spicy!

Luckily, the Firestone Riesling Central Coast 2007 I had chilled to pair with the meal really tempered the heat. Ripe peach and melon flavors had just the slightest hint of sweetness. The wine was almost as aromatic as the dish I served it with, with plenty of floral notes and a nice kick of acidity to make my mouth water. I rated it 87 points, non-blind.

WineSpectator.com members: Read the original blind-tasting review for Firestone Riesling Central Coast 2007 (86, $12).

• Plus, get scores and tasting notes for more recently rated California Reislings, along with our quick list of Easy Finds among California whites.

Philip A Chauche
Germantown, MD —  August 6, 2010 1:20pm ET
I'd just like to add that if you go to the link above for "recently rated California Reislings," you'll get even more bang for the buck if you open up the advanced search area and change from "California" to "Washington." They are not only more highly rated but there's also more to choose from!

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