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GewürztramIndian -- Wine Tasting and Dinner at Ajanta Restaurant


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GewürztramIndian -- Wine Tasting and Dinner at Ajanta Restaurant

nja | | Jun 18, 2004 06:22 PM


Last night 12 thirsty and hungry hounds met at Ajanta Indian Restaurant for an evening of Gewürztraminer tasting and Indian cuisine. Below is the wine list and menu. My fellow hounds, please post your opinions. I’ll be back later to share my thoughts.

The Marriage of Spicy Food and Spicy Wines

Ajanta Indian Restaurant
Berkeley, California
June 17, 2004

The Wines

Flight 1 – Brave New World
A 2003 Claiborne and Churchill Central Coast Gewürztraminer
B 2002 Thomas Fogerty Monterey Gewürztraminer
C 2002 Annapolis Mendocino Gewürztraminer
D 2002 Navarro Anderson Valley Gewürztraminer "Estate Bottled Dry"
E 2002 Baccharis Anderson Valley Gewürztraminer "Floodgate Vineyard"
F 2002 Lawson's Dry Hills Marlborough Gewürztraminer
G 1993 Z Moore Russian River Valley Gewürztraminer "Barrel Fermented Dry”

Flight 2 – Earliest and Latest
H 2002 Cantina Termeno Alto Adige Gewürztraminer “Nussbaumer”
I 2001 Gunderloch Rheinhessen Gewürztraminer
J 2001 Herbert Messmer Burrweiler Altenforst Gewürztraminer Spätlese
K 2002 Kuentz-Bas Gewürztraminer "Cuvee Tradition"
L 2001 Materne Haegelin Gewürztraminer
M 2001 Marc Kreydenweiss Kritt Gewürztraminer "Les Charmes"

Flight 3 – Oh To Be Rich and Powerful
N 2000 Mure Alsace Schulzengass Gewürztraminer
O 2001 Zind-Humbrecht Gewürztraminer "Herrenweg de Turkheim"
P 2000 Zind-Humbrecht Gewürztraminer "Clos Windsbuhl"
Q 1999 Zind-Humbrecht Gewürztraminer "Clos Windsbuhl"
R 1996 Lucien Albrecht Gewürztraminer "Cuvee A"

Flight 4 – (Not Exactly) Sweet
S 1997 Lucien Albrecht Gewürztraminer Vendage Tardive
T 1994 Kuenta-Bas Gewürztraminer "Cuvee Caroline" Vendage Tardive
U 1994 Ernest Burns Gewürztraminer Grand Cru Goldert Clos St. Imer "Cuvee de la Chapelle"

Bonus Wines (compliments of Ajanta)
V Sula Vineyards Chenin Blanc
W Sula Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc

The Food

PAPPADAM -- Indian lentil wafers, served with mint-cilantro sauce
TANDOORI CHICKEN CHAAT -- Chicken pieces marinated, grilled in tandoor oven, shredded, and then tossed with oil, lime juice, red onions, cilantro, ginger and spices
VEGETABLE SAMOSAS -- Deep fried pastries filled with mildly spiced potatoes and peas

DAKSHINI GOSHT -- Bonelss Niman ranch lamb pieces cooked in a sauce made with onions tamarind, almonds, coconut milk and spices including fenugreek and cumin (south India)
SEYAL MACHI -- Fresh catfish fillets saute'ed and then cooked in a sauce made with caramelized onions, turmeric, mango powder, coriander, and paprika (Sind)
VEGETABLE KOFTA -- Balls made with cauliflower, peas, carrots, potatoes, spices, and breadcrumds served in a curry sauce made with onions, tomatoes, yogurt, spices and cashews
MURG DO PYAZA -- Boneless chicken pieces cooked in a sauce made with onions, ginger, garlic and spices, served topped with caramelized onions, cashews and sunflower seeds (Hyderabad)
PORK VINDALOO -- Boneless cubed Niman ranch pork leg pieces marinated in malt vinegar and spices and then cooked in a sauce made with onions, garlic, chile peppers and spices (Goa)
SINDHI KADHI -- Mixed vegetables (green beans, peas, carrots and potatoes) simmered in a thick sauce made with chickpea flour, seasoned with tamarind, turmeric, and fenugreek (Sind)
LAMB BOTI KABOBS -- Boneless cubes of leg of lamb, marinated in yogurt, ginger, cumin, clove, and paprika, grilled in tandoor oven (Punjab)

RICE -- Basmati rice flavored with cardamom/cinnamon
ALU SAAG -- Spinach and potato cooked with spices
HOT PICKLES -- Green mango and citrus rind

NAAN -- Leavened dough bread cooked in Tandoor oven
TANDOORI PARATHA -- A flaky whole wheat bread
TANDOORI CHAPATI -- A basic Indian whole wheat bread
POORI -- Deep Fried puffy whole wheat bread

GULAB JAMUN -- Fried milk powder balls soaked in rose scented syrup
KHEER -- Indian rice pudding
RAS MASAI -- Paneer cheese cake served in a caramelized milk sauce

Ajanta Restaurant
1888 Solano Avenue, Berkeley


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