Happy Chinese New Year! What to pair…

eeHappy New Year to all those who are celebrating! It’s the year of the Dragon which we’ve heard means good luck for all. Whether you’re celebrating for reasons of heritage or just for fun, we’ve got some fantastic pairing suggestions for you to impress your family and friends with this year – check them out below.

Grüner Veltliner: Grüner is often described as the world’s most food-friendly grape. It is powerful in both its acidity and flavors and is a full-bodied, well-rounded grape that offers welcomed flavor enhancements to any dish.

Try a wok dish with tonight’s Grüner, the contrast of sweet and salty flavors generally found in wok dishes are complimented by the flavors in the wines. Here, you’ll want to try something less acidic so, perhaps, reach for a bottle from the Wagram or the Kamptal where juicier, fruitier styles of the grape can be found.

Zweigelt: Wok dishes are also a great choice for this grape, but why not try something a little more exotic. Go for something distinctly Chinese and try cooking up a Peking Duck – crispy skin, slightly sweet sauce, and a special treat for your guests. With this, try a medium-bodied Zweigelt with ample spice and relatively low acidity.

Here, you can also try a heartier white such as Pinot Gris or Chardonnay as well as other spicy red wines such as a Burgundian style of Pinot Noir and St. Laurent. As to be expected, Grüner Veltliner is also a fine choice for this dish.

Blaufränkisch:

Of course, it wouldn’t be a party without a Blaufränkisch. For this wine, look for something a little sturdier with deep red fruit flavors, lots of spice, and a decent amount of acidity – preferably there will be some oak aging as well. Now hone in on your inner culinary genius and take a stab at making an authentic Sszechuan Beef dish that’s packed with sharp chili spices.

Here, you can also offer your guests heavier styles of Grüner Veltliner or Riesling such as a Smaragd level wine from the Wachau, or other red grapes such as Reserve level Zweigelt or St. Laurent. Red cuvees are also a great choice – just be sure it’s a heartier wine to balance out the spiciness of the dish!

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