Balancing the dynamic flavors of Chinese food with sommelier-approved pairings.
Welcome to our expert break down of popular food categories, outlining the main challenges (and pairing solutions) for wine lovers with globetrotting tastes. This round, we focus on pairing Chinese food with wine.
The challenge: “Chinese cuisine is vast and dynamic, characterized by spices, oils and high-temperature wok cooking techniques that have evolved over thousands of years,” says Toranosuke Matsuoka, president and beverage director of KOA Restaurant, which serves modern Chinese cuisine.
Wine fix: “Try pairing Chinese foods with a dry or off-dry Riesling, a variety that can help balance the body of the ingredients while complementing the sweet flavors often found in Chinese dishes,” says Matsuoka.