Last night Miki San invited me over for dinner and wine. First she laid out some Munster from the Géromé A.O.C. in Alsace (for anyone unaware French cheese is controlled under AOC laws just like wine). Then she prepared an appetizer of fresh tomatoes and parsley with extra virgin olive oil drizzled over. And for the main course she made a spicy red Thai curry with shrimp, mushrooms, orange and yellow bell pepper and white rice. I must say that I’ve never had anything below great out of the Miki kitchen and this meal was no exception!
To accompany the spice we drank a bottle of Cuvée Jean Baptiste Gewürztraminer. Miki San purchased the bottle in Alsace during a visit to the winery over the Christmas break. She was accompanied by her parents who were in town for a visit. I should also note that she purchased the Alsacian Munster locally during the same trip.
Although neither of us were blown away by the pairing, both the cheese and the Thai curry interacted quite well with the wine. The sweetness of the cheese and the wine connected nicely. Although the bitterness in the wine was brought out even more by the Thai curry, the balance remained and the sweetness of the wine contrasted well with the strong and spicy curry flavors.
Fun facts… The Jean Baptiste Adam cellars in the village of Ammerschwihr (Pop. less than 2,000) have been run by the same family since 1614, that’s over 14 generations and nearly 400 years! As an additional note, the Kaefferkopf appellation got the bump to Grand Cru status in 2006.
2006 Cuveé Jean-Baptiste Gewürztraminer
Jean Baptiste Adam
Appellation: Kaefferkopf, Alsace, France
Tasting Notes: Honey golden in the glass. Fleshy aromas of lychee, honey, flowers, pear and subtle hints of white pepper and syrup. Off dry, lightly acidic and full-bodied with a silky smooth texture. Flavors of tropical fruit, apple and syrup. There’s an acohol feel that lingers on the upper back palate and a mild citric peel finish. 13% vol.