Chinese New Year on Sunday - but what wine?

Chinese take away signThere's no complicated advice for the food-wine matching bit of next Sunday’s celebration of the Chinese New Year - just take any wine you like but a bit of sweetness helps. And I like these five ranging in price from £5 to £10.99.

Asda Extra Special French Viognier 2011

£5 Asda (down from £6.97 until February 20)

This white wine’s flavours of Turkish Delight and Satsuma peel will match many spicy Chinese dishes.

Spar MerlotSpar Australian Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz

£5.29 Spar

Match the blackberry and toffee flavours of this light red to stir-fried beef and noodles.

Elegant Frog French Viognier 2011

£6.36 Sainsbury’s (down from £8.49 until February 19)

Lighter in flavour than the Asda Viognier, this more subtle and creamy white is best matched to the prawn crackers part of the meal.

Villa Maria New Zealand Private Bin Dry Riesling 2011

£9.49 Majestic (buy 2+ £7.59 each)

This tastes like an old-fashioned Germanic-style Riesling but without the sweetness – so expect flavours of rhubarb crumble mixed with tea rose. Very nice indeed.

Villa Maria RieslingBlason de Bourgogne 2010 Saint Veran

£10.99 Tesco

This is a French white from Burgundy which, although the label won’t tell you, means it’s made from Chardonnay grapes. So expect melon sweetness with apple cobbler topping. Looks posh and it tastes nice.