White and pink wine for Chinese food

chop sticksChopsticks leave me fumbling, but that doesn't stop me devouring Chinese food at least once a week. Unfortunately cooking my own stir fries has become a bit of problem since moving house: lack of mains gas means all my cooking must be done on an electric hob and my round bottomed wok just doesn't work well on that.

So when I fancy sweet and sour pork balls and black bean chicken I place an order at the local take-away, then pop next door to the off-licence and pick up a suitable bottle of wine.

RieslingThis is usually a bottle of German white – the naturally sweet-sour flavours of Riesling, Müller-Thurgau or Gewürztraminer work best with Chinese food. Open one of these wines and your nose is assaulted with honey, elderflower and pineapple. Overpowering for many, such a complex mix can easily swamp the delicate scents of vegetarian Chinese dishes. For these choose a wine that is still slightly sweet but less complex – rosé wine makes a surprisingly good match.

Spring rolls with bean sprouts or noodles in sesame sauce all compliment the strawberry flavours of a classic Anjou rosé, while the raspberry aromas commonly found in Merlot rosés enhances both dim sum and mushroom dishes.

PG Wine Reviews

Aldi Exquisite Collection Côtes de Provence Rosé

£5.99 Aldi

Tastes of strawberry block ice cream with a dollop of apple puree. Pleasant.

Brancott Estate New Zealand Sauvignon Gris 2013

£6.99 Tesco (down from £10.49 until November 11)

Refreshingly fruity flavours of nectarine and pineapple. A nice match to the take-away if you can’t get a German Riesling.

Tesco Finest Italian Grechetto

£6.99 Tesco

Light lemon, apple and pear flavours. Rather like a South African Chenin Blanc.

Co-op Truly Irresistible French Pic Saint Loup Rosé 2013

£6.99 Co-op

Light cherry, almond and apple. More of a light red.

Domaine Schlumberger Alsace Riesling 2011

£11.99 Majestic

Runny honey, nuts and apple flavours.

This article also appeared as Paula's Wines of the Week on MatureTimes.co.uk