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.
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Philip A Chauche — Germantown, MD — August 6, 2010 1:20pm ET
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