Berry Bros. & Rudd Explore Top Wines that Complement Chinese Cuisine Selecting Four Pairings in Time for Chinese New Year
Food plays a central role in Chinese culture and this is no different on the most celebrated Chinese holiday of the year. Lunar New Year brings an endless list of quintessential delicacies that originate from various regions of China and Britain’s original wine and spirit merchant have assembled their list of the top four ideal food and wine pairings from four different Chinese regions to enjoy.
From a bright and elegant Riesling for Cantonese roast pork and dim sum to a fruity Pinot Noir that sits beautifully with Peking Duck from Shandong cuisine. Along with a delicately sweet Moscato for sizzling Sichuan hotpot and an opulent and rich Rosé that pairs with sweet and sour dishes like no another.
Berry Bros. & Rudd’s selected wines will enhance, complement and bring out all the flavoursand aromas of the Chinese dishes, heightening the overall wine and dine experience – a must try for celebration dinners and the finishing touch to any festive meal.
This journey of Chinese fare takes us to the first stop, the Guangdong province in the Southern region of China for Cantonese food. Dishes will feature delicate and natural flavours with meats that are slightly sweet and savoury in one. The 2012 Riesling Muenchberg, Grand Cru, Domaine André Ostertag (HK$320) is a perfectly balanced wine, rich on the nose with grapefruit peel, tea leaves and tropical fruit. The palate is zesty, with hints of sweet tea and vanilla, along with a hint of spice and oak on the finish. All of which provides for a delectable wine that pairs perfectly with a Chinese New Year dining table staple – mouth-watering roast pork, with its crisp saltiness, is brought to life with the flavour packed and fresh sharpness of this wine. Not forgetting another firm favourite in Cantonese cuisine – dim sum. This wine can also accompany the most delicate hargow and siumai (prawn and prawn & pork dumplings) and intensify the freshness of the seafood in both.
The next stop is Shandong, where its cuisine derives from one of the most traditional and historical cooking methods of the region. Said to be the most influential and popular in China, the cuisine brings dishes that feature flavourful seafood and meat. The pairing to try this season is the2011 Surveyor Thomson, Pinot Noir, Central Otago, New Zealand (HK$248), a fruity yet elegant pinot with fragrant aromas of black cherry, hints of violet and delicately spicy flavours that match well with Peking Duck. It is a supple wine with a lower tannin profile that does not clash with the umami flavours and its fresh acidity will cut through the fattiness of the duck too.
Heading Southwest, Sichuan Cuisine is a province in China that features fiery spice, with tongue-numbing and generous seasoning. The main ingredients in these dishes are garlic and chilli, as well as Sichuan peppercorns which brings with it a unique piquant flavour. Berry Bros. & Rudd’s experts have selected a bottle that will help beat the heat – the2014 Moscato d’Asti, Canelli, Cerutti, Cassinasco, Piedmont (HK$110) is a wine with delicate finesse, the nose is beautifully embroidered with a lively, glacial scent of mango skin, lime flower and mint. This gently sparkling, sweet wine is just what you need when enjoying Sichuan hot pot. The bubbling pot of spices and strong flavour is perfect for warming up the body and the sweetness from the wine will help harmonisewith the spiciness as it cools your palate and remains very much a sorbet in the glass.
The last stop is the Jiangsu region of China, where the native cuisine highlights a grand variety of foods, particularly from the sea. The much loved dish of Sweet and Sour Mandarin Fish is a must, enjoyed by all adults and children over Chinese New Year and the tangy flavours go perfectly with the 2012 Tavel Rose, La Dame Rousse, Domaine de la Mordoree(HK$160). This wine has a distinctive rose-hip and herbal aromatic; the palate marries the flavours of peach, cherry and sloe, a subtly powerful wine that makes a superb match with the fragrant flavoursof sweet and sour.
Berry Bros. & Rudd’s Collection provides quality wines at affordable prices and all of these top Chinese New Year wines are available onwww.bbr.com/hk-homeand can be delivered direct to your door.