Best German Wines with Non-German Dishes
by Sam Wai
Without a doubt, the best occasion to drink wine is with food. Of course, German food with German wine is the obvious pairing. Most of us do not eat German food on a daily basis. However, German wines are versatile for drinking with a great variety of cuisines. Majority of the German wines widely available in the U. S. are off-dry whites and many of them are made of the Riesling grape. This style of wine is excellent to drink with the many Asian cuisines like Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Japanese and Thai. These cuisines have a few things in common. They are highly seasoned with soy based flavors. Seasoning if often keyed up and some dishes are spicy hot.
The lighter body of a white German wine and the refreshing quality both work well to balance the strong flavors of these cuisines. A little sweetness in the wine offers a cooling contrast against the salt and spices. The refreshing acidity of a wine grown in a northern climate also balances the sweetness sometime found in Asian food. The lower alcohol content of most German wines also allows for a bit more quaffing.
Another classic pairing is an off-dry Riesling with India and curried dishes. The complex spices work so well with the tropical notes of a Riesling. It is almost like a spoonful of chutney with your curry. A great summer lunch is a chilled curried chicken salad on a bed of crisp lettuce enjoyed with a cold glass of German Riesling. Above are pictures of dishes that will go well with a German Riesling. Next time you are dining out, try German wines and let us know what you think. Enjoy!