Some of my customers ask me, can we pair your wines with local Malaysian food?
What are your pairing recommendations for Asian spicy food?
Most of the Georgian wines comes with this pairing recommendation - "Pair with dessert, cheese and fruits" haha, it isn't that helpful is it?
However over the time, and after tasting tons of our semi-sweet wines with different kinds of foods. We realised one thing, the sweet or semi-sweet wines go best with spicy food. Oh dear, took us almost 2 years to come to this, can you imagine?
Lately, I have had a pleasure meeting Alison Christ.
Allison is a Certified Sommelier through the Court of Master Sommeliers and is currently launching a restaurant & lounge in the centre of Kuala Lumpur. She has an extensive background in the wine industry having worked with wine importers and vineyards both in the USA and Europe. She is also an entrepreneur and restaurant professional with 20 years of experience in this line, founding director of Myhouse Wine Music restaurant in Hong Kong.
Having talked to her helped me gain fresh inspiration on pairing our wines with Asian spicy food.
Elya - Can you drink sweet wines with dinner?
Alison - Of course, you can! Most often you drink sweet wines at the end of a meal or with dessert, but actually sweet wines are awesome with a variety of Asian cuisines. For example, Georgian semi-sweet red Kindzmarauli (Saperavi grape varietal) goes great with Indian Chicken Madras.
Residual sugar in wine actually cools down the spiciness and creates a balance between the food and the wine. Acidity in wine is the key to making a successful food and wine pairing. Our Georgian semi-sweet wines have the beautiful crisp acidity that balances out the sugar and spice to perfection.
When pairing sweet wines with food, you can think of these 3 easy rules:
1. Sweet with heat Try any version of spicy curry you love from Malay, Thai or Indian cooking with one of our semi-sweet reds and you will love it.
2. Sweet with salty Think of salted caramel popcorn. The sweet and the salty go great together. Try this yourself with Chinese food that has soy sauce and a bit of spice. Sweet wines also go great with cheese because of the saltiness. For this try our Moscato with a fine Stilton cheese.
3. Sweet with Sweet Sometimes sweet with sweet can be too sweet! But sometimes you may just crave for the sweetness. It’s important to make sure that the wine and the dessert have a similar sweetness level so that one doesn’t overpower the other. With our semi-sweet Georgian wines, we recommend dessert that is not overly sweet such as a dark chocolate torte instead of milk chocolate mousse. If the dessert is too sweet it will overpower the wine.
Elya - I am curious if anyone follows this basic rules on sweet wines pairing. And if you do, please leave a comment on your own experience and things that you have learnt over the time.
Wine is an exciting journey more so if one gets to share his experience with people that share the same passion.
Do leave a note or comment so we know you are on this journey with us :)