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by Fred McMillin
Curry with Gewürz
A cook named McMurray
Chateau St. Jean 1976 Sonoma County Gewürztaminer—Out of about two dozen Gewürz bottles, this is the only one I gave 20 points, deserved for the total perfection of this wine...in fruit/acid balance, unobtrusive residual sweetness, and varietal character. A spectacular wine!
The Rest of the Story
Curry with Gewürz has long been a favorite in our household. Our curry powder was given us some time ago in a large, sealed jar by Mrs. Lee, the mother of Singapore's prime minister, after a week of cooking lessons in her home.
Our Gewürztaminer frequently is from the hallowed Chateau St Jean. We, and my panel, just tasted the 1997 model of the Sonoma St. Jean that captivated Robert Balzer two decades ago. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, particularly since it weighs in under $10. Contact Nicole Breier, Public Relations Director, (707) 833-4134.
A confession. Before Mrs. Lee taught us the charm of Singapore curry, my 1965 tasting notes show we had our Gewürz with French bread and grilled pigs feet! To try to preserve the illusion that I have good taste, I didn't mention this at a tasting last year with Robert Balzer!
Note: For much more about Chateau St. Jean, see the May 4, 1998 WineDay titled "In A Class by Itself".
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