What Wine Goes With Chinese Food?

What Wine Goes With Chinese Food?Chinese food used to be notorious for being a difficult food to pair wine with, but no longer. All you fried rice and lo mein-lovers can come out of your caves and enjoy a nice glass of vino with your meal. To help you out, we’re going to suggest some great cheap wines to go with that delicious plate of MSG. Specifically, we’re focusing on three popular dishes.

Oh, and despite the low prices on these wines, I would still recommend against bringing a bottle into Panda Express; that crap isn’t Chinese food.

Fried Rice (any kind) – Hogue Gewurztraminer Columbia Valley 2008

Gewurtztraminer is the go-to varietal for Asian cuisine. Whether the food is spicy or salty, a good, crisp, floral Gewurtz is going to do the trick. It’s fruity, it’s a tad sweet and it works with eggs, which often appear in fried rice. The Hogue has delicious lychee flavors with a bit of orange a sweet red grapefruit. Very crisp and a very floral perfume to it. Real manly, eh?

$7.99 at B-21.com!

Lo Mein (any kind; yes even beef) – Brancott Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2008

Lo Mein, Chow Mein, no matter what Mein you’re having, those noodles tend to absorb the oil they’re cooked in; they’re also generally egg noodles, too. So what is oil? A fat? And what else is a fat? Butter. And what style of wine do we recommend for fatty, buttery foods? Something that will cut it, which means crisp whites. Enter the Brancott Sauv. Blanc. Fresh and crisp with lime, lemon and orangepeel. Not too much heat which lets it cut through without murdering the noodles.

$9.99 at B-21.com!

or $9.99 at Wineoland.com!

Moo Shu Pork – Georges DuBoeuf Beaujolais Villages Nouveau 2009

One of my favorite Chinese dishes, mostly because you get to build it yourself (and who doesn’t love hoisin?). The DuBoeuf Beaujolais is not too heavy and just stays juicy like a grape Jolly Rancher. The cabbage, mushrooms and hoisin-sweetness aren’t overpowered, but are instead enhanced.

$8.99 at SoundShoreWine.com!

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One Response to “What Wine Goes With Chinese Food?”

  1. susie williams Says:
    October 14, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    a very informative site for someone learning or just trying to impress someone!

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