Best Wine for Chinese Takeout

by Antonio Moschella

When it comes to Chinese food, we hardly know which wine to choose to accompany our dishes. But in reality it’s easy, you could pair it with both champagne and sparkling wine, as well as white and red wine.

Sparkling wines, in general, are the best pairing for this type of cuisine because their taste can contrast the taste of soy and rice balls. With rice, we can also integrate the semi-dry red wines and the Merlot variety.

White wines are perfect to refresh the mouth with some fried dishes, sauces and noodles or seaweed. They go very well with fish, vegetables and legumes, which usually represent Chinese cuisine.

Among the varieties of white wines to enhance the flavours of Chinese food, we find Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay.

Regarding meat dishes like Peking duck, chicken or veal, always joined by spices, a young red wine is a perfect option. In this case, the best-known wines are Rioja and Ribera del Duero. Enjoy a duck with wines like Monastrell and Bobal, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah, amongst many others.

For spicy food, sweet varieties make the better pairing. You should rather grab a Gewürztraminer or a Sauvignon Blanc.

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