Friday, 28 September 2012

A day with the Master Sommelier...

Evan Goldstein

Evan Goldstein is one of America’s foremost sommeliers. He is also one of the most prolific food and wine veterans around the world. Since 1990 Evan has created education programs, wine training and service hospitality schools with Seagram Chateau & Estates Wines Company, Diageo, Allied Domecq, and most recently, as the Vice President of Global Wine & Brand Education at Beam Wine Estates. In addition, Evan continues to train and examine candidates for the Court of Master Sommeliers as a Founding Board member.

Evan is  also a regular editorial contributor to America’s Santé magazine, a contributing editor for Wine & Dine and Indulgence magazines in Singapore, is the American wine correspondent for Wine Review, South Korea’s leading wine and food magazine, and is a recurring guest wine expert on NBC’s syndicated television show “In Wine Country.”

So you can imagine the delight at the Pepper Trails home when we had a chance to host Mr. Goldstein and his family in August 2009. Evan tried his hand at making Appam and even suggested a few daring combos of Indian food and gourmet wine. I, for one, was quite amused to find that an ordinary appam and stew could be paired with an Austrian Gurner Veltliner or German Riesling, Pinot Gris from Alsace or a Rosado from Alvarra, Spain. He suggested reds such as Pinot noir, Cote De Nuits Villages and whites like German Riesling and unoaked Spanish Albarino to go with the traditional succulent Meen Pollichathu. A young, tawny port would tango well with Payasam, according to Goldstein, who recommended German sweet wine or Sauterne to accompany it.

A hands on cooking experience for the Goldsteins

Evan and his family at the Pepper Trails table

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