This coming Friday marks the start of the Chinese New Year – the Year of the Dog. If you're celebrating the occasion with a big Chinese dinner, don't forget the wine!
Wine experts and sommeliers often broadly sum up the Chinese food wine pairing experience (and pairing with any Asian cuisine, really) by suggesting an off-dry, aromatic white such as a Riesling or Gewürztraminer. This can be fine with some dishes, but certainly doesn't cover the vast range of flavors and sensations found in Chinese cooking. I asked Tasting Room's resident wine expert, Jennifer Ingellis, to break it down further and recommend wine matches depending on the flavor. Here are her suggestions.