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Kaddo Bourani and Cote Rotie

Melanie Wong | Nov 19, 200110:55 PM

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I recently hosted my wine and food club for a tasting of Cote Rotie wines, followed by an Afghan dinner and more wines of the region. For everyone else in the group, this was their first taste of the flavors of Afghan. They delighted in the cuisine and were stunned at how complementary the exotic spices were with the wines of Cote Rotie and Condrieu. Universally the favorite dish was the kaddo, and I'm sorry that I was so stingy with the serving size!

After two days in the kitchen breathing in the aromatic melange, each of the elements of the spice palate - ginger, cumin, tumeric, saffron, cinnamon, clove, coriander, orange peel, rose petal - that infused the wines was a cinch to pick out when it came time to sit down to the blind tasting flight. Here's the wine list and menu.

1994 Horizontal Tasting of Cote Rotie:

Jasmin, $27
Michel Ogier, $32
Gilles Barge “Cote Brune”, $35
Rene Rostaing, $35
Henri et Philippe Gallet “Non Filtré”, $40
Rene Rostaing/A. Dervieux-Thaize “La Viaillere”, $40
Rene Rostaing “La Landonne”, $53
Qupé “Bien Nacido Reserve” Santa Barbara Syrah, $20


Laurent Perrier Cuvée Brut Rosé Champagne, $40

Dinner Wines:

1999 Alain Paret et Gérard Depardieu “Lys de Volan” Condrieu, $40
1996 Rene Rostaing/A. Dervieux-Thaize “La Viaillere” Cote Rotie, $40
1996 Rene Rostaing “La Landonne” Cote Rotie, $48
1994 Jean-Paul et Jean-Luc Jamet Cote Rotie, $39
1995 E. Guigal Cote Rotie, $28
1990 Jean-Paul et Jean-Luc Jamet Cote Rotie, $70
1990 E. Guigal Cote Rotie, $27

Dessert Wine:

1997 Christophe Pichon Condrieu Moelleux, $30

Afghan Dinner Menu


Chatni Gashneez
(flat breads and condiments)

(leek-filled dumplings)

Kuku e Tarkari
(vegetable omelet)

Bourani Baunjan
(eggplant with yogurt sauce)


Kaddo Bourani
(baked pumpkin)

(spicy chili sauce)

(crusted Basmati rice)

(“King’s Rice”)


Shir Berinj
(rice pudding with pistachio and rosewater)

Mint Tea


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