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Snooth User: dmcker

Matching challenge 2: what wine for here?

Posted by dmcker, Apr 27, 2014.

So here's the next challenge I'm throwing down to those who think they can match wine to anything. ;-)

Even more tropical than the last challenge--match wines to this locale ,,,








and to these foods (lots of poultry)...







Reply by JonDerry, Apr 27, 2014.

Dry Rose and red or white Burgundy.

German Riesling if the food gets too spicy.

Reply by EMark, Apr 27, 2014.

I'm just going to assume that the food is heavily spiced and is an explosion of flavor.  So, I would propose the obvious--an Alsace-style Gewurztraminer.

However, last week we had the best Viognier that I have ever tasted (from Halcon).  (I also admit that my Viognier experience is limited.)  That might be a good choice.

Reply by dmcker, Apr 27, 2014.

This series of challenges (I'm planning 3 or 4 more after this) is of places I've spent hefty chunks of time in but where wine was not the logical choice. Only two of the 'locale' photos above are from the web. I usually went with local beer or local harder stuff, depending on what was available, who I was with and what I was eating.

First challenge was down the Baja Peninsula. I'll let people guess where here is (shouldn't be that hard), but yes there was spice. Not much pork or beef, but lots of chicken, duck and fish.

Reply by outthere, Apr 27, 2014.


Reply by dmcker, Apr 27, 2014.

Got it in one. Did drop more than a few hints with photo choice and cuisine description, tho.  ;-)

Can view their cuisine as mostly Indonesian but with plenty of Hindu influence (and now tourist spots galore from backpacker to five star, with all that entails). The rijstaffel ('rice table') photo second from bottom is probably the national dish of Indonesia.

Reply by zufrieden, Apr 27, 2014.

Bock beer served from a Rheinweinflasche might work. At least the illusion of wine is there in such an instance.

Or we can accept the likelihood that wine and food are matched because alcohol takes the squeak out of social interaction - all of which suggests that a Procrustean attempt to fit wine in such torrid climes and torrid food is possibly ill advised.  Drink the local hooch and forget you hail from more temperate latitudes.

That's my advice, but whatever tickles your fancy is better.

Reply by JonDerry, Apr 28, 2014.

Well, only 8,501 miles from LAX.

Reply by dmcker, Apr 28, 2014.

Worth the trip if you haven't made it before...

Reply by Richard Foxall, May 1, 2014.

Sigh.  In a place like that, the scenery is intoxicating enough. 

Rijstaffel as a word is dutch, and the best place for Indonesian food outside Indonesia is obviously Holland. 

Maybe I can talk the kids out of going to England next year by showing them those pics.

Reply by dmcker, May 2, 2014.

It is shocking, Fox. I didn't even put up the rice terraces in Ubud, nor surfing shots nor diving shots nor crazy party shots nor beachbar shots nor cool villa shots nor....

Reply by dmcker, May 2, 2014.

OK, for Fox.


First a rice terrace or two in Ubud:


And some Ubud art, dance and masks (plenty of interesting stuff beyond this, in various forms--I like the furniture and fixtures a lot):

Have a friend in Dallas who collects masks from all over the world. Very easy to supply him from Bali...


Now some diving, then some surf:



All told, beer comes in real handy down there. Best wine I can remember personally was a suitably chilled Alsatian pinot gris, that was definitely the right beverage at the right time....

Reply by GregT, May 3, 2014.

What Fox said. I wouldn't even worry about matching anything. Might even forget wine entirely. Just being there would be nourishment enough. Damn!

Reply by dmcker, May 3, 2014.

Local watering holes...



Not really conducive to the red wine experience. One place below that caused a hilarious double take. It seems that even in Gili Trawangan you can't escape the globally ubiquitous local Irish pub...



Fox, sorry but I've decided to demur on the crazy party topic. Too incriminating for all concerned if I were to post actual photos....


Reply by edwilley3, May 7, 2014.

I'd ship a case of Jonata sauv blanc. It has all the tactile sweetness I'd need to contend with the spices, without having to drink Gewurtztraminer. Other than that, sparkling rose such as that from Lucien Albrecht would be quite appropriate.

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