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Indian dinner at a friend's house

We've been invited to an Indian dinner and I'm not sure what to bring. Typically , we'd bring a bottle of wine and/or beer. I'm thinking a bottle of Indian wine but have no idea what they're like.

Any idea of something appropriate we can bring - doesn't have to be wine

Thanks

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  1. Wine is fine. Although, so far as I'm aware, India produces no wine. And if it does, said wine will be practically impossible to find.

    Instead, just seek out a solid domestic white. Chateau St. Jean chard is my old standby for Indian food.

    And make sure your wine is well chilled!

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    1. re: Perilagu Khan

      There are actually several wineries and vineyards in India. Grover Vineyards and Sula are two that I know of, although there are many more.

      1. re: boogiebaby

        Interesting! Live and learn. Do you know where in India they're located? I'm guessing up north, perhaps in the Himalayan foothills.

        1. re: Perilagu Khan

          sula is in maharastha. like I said above/below, the wines are ok, no better. in a place with other choices (i.e. most places in India) no reason to choose these.

    2. My stand-by wine for Indian is a Gewurtztraminer. Only slightly sweet - but enough to offset the spice.

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      1. re: cackalackie

        Wurtz is definitely a popular favorite with Indian food. Another possibility is a nice, acidic pinot grigio.

      2. I prefer beer to wine with Indian. Kingfisher is pretty good and the most likely to be found outside of India.

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        1. re: Sam Fujisaka

          Me, too - beer goes better with Indian food than wine!

          1. re: Sam Fujisaka

            I'm in agreement with Sam. I much prefer a crisp lager to wine with Indian food, though I don't typically drink alcohol with South Asian cuisine. Perhaps from force of habit, I prefer a sharbat like Rooh-Afza. The spices compliment the food, while the sweetness cuts through the spice.

          2. I've never attended or hosted an Indian dinner where wine was served. We usually have a drink before or after dinner, and drink water with the meal. There are so many different flavors going on with all the spices I want to be able to taste them. I would imagine that wine can muddle the flavors.

            I think it's fun to make a sharbat or lassi.

            This is an excellent recipe for a Sharbat. http://www.phamfatale.com/id_88/title...

            1. Agree that beers would be better than wines. Something like Kingfisher or a lighter, ice cold lager tastes best IMO. If you really want to do wine, I agree with the Gewurztraminer suggestion. The other commonly recommended ones are barely sweet sparkling wines or Rieslings. Chateau St. Michelle makes a dirt cheap decent Riesling -- usually our booze of choice at inexpensive BYOB Indian places. I won't disclose what horrible, low-grade sparkling wines we drink on such occasions. It's just too embarrassing.

              I'd stay far, far away from the Indian wines. I know they're supposed to be getting better, but I haven't had one that I've liked, yet. Probably isn't worth the trouble to find.