Oregon wine in London, smart Aldi, Indian tucker

Why there:

Burgundy negociant Louis Jadot has released an Oregon pinot noir. It’s the first non-French wine that the company has produced. Called Résonance, it was shown to UK media and trade this past week. The retail price is said to be £48 ($89), so it’s not cheap, and production is small. The question: why show it in the UK? Surely the US market is big enough to absorb all the small production. Maybe the company has big expansion plans in the US and wants to establish export markets? It has acquired more vineyard land but it’s not large. Jadot and its US importer is American owned, by the Koch family.

Step ahead:

The UK Aldi supermarket group has introduced a Châteauneuf-du-Pape called Cuvee 13 that includes all 13 permitted grape varietals allowed in the Châteauneuf-du-Pape Appellation d’origine controlee.

Normally the region’s wines are grenache dominant, but can also include syrah, mouvedre, cinsault, clairette, vaccarese, bourboulenc, roussanne, counoise, muscardin, picpoul, picardan and terret noir.

Aldi is retailing the wine for £17 ($32). It should sell quickly.

Match that:

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are on an official visit to India. They are to attend a banquet that will include the dishes listed below. For all wine geeks who follow the “matching wine with food” mantra, get your head around this lot:

Non-vegetarian menu:

  • Ajwaini macchli (fish chunks marinated with hung yoghurt and bishops weed, charbroiled in tandoor)
  • Kundan kalia (boneless lamb cooked with spices and topped with gold varq)
  • Shahi murg ka soyota (chicken morsels cooked in a rich saffron, cashew and corn-based gravy)

Vegetarian section:

  • Dal langarwali (black urad and channa dal cooked to perfection, tempered with pure ghee)
  • Paneer shahi korma (cottage cheese cooked with cashew and evaporated milk)
  • Subz gandheri kebab (blend of vegetables on a sugarcane stick, a specialty of Hyderabad)
  • Khumb makhana mattar (mushrooms, peas and fox nuts, cooked in rich tomato gravy)
  • Chhonka palak (spinach tempered with garlic, finished with dried fenugreek leaves)

Accompaniments:

  • Awadhi gosht biryani
  • Boondi
  • Fresh mint raita
  • Indian crudités
  • Cone papad,
  • Pickle, chutney and kachumber
  • Assorted mini Indian breads
  • Lucknowi vegetarian biryani (basmati rice and vegetables cooked together with panadanus extract)

Suggestions fopr matching wines can be sent to the High Commission of India, 3 Moonah Place, Yarralum, ACT 2600.

Drinking them dry:

The leading Cuban beers are Cristal and Bucanero. Reports say both brands are in short supply due to the increasing tourist trade. Last year 3.5 million visitors entered the country, up 17 per cent on 2014. Americans accounted for 161,000 people, up 77 per cent.

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