Match of the week | Thai beef salad and off-dry Riesling

Match of the week

Thai beef salad and off-dry Riesling

It’s easy to get stuck in the trap of thinking red wine is the only accompaniment for meat, especially red meat but in these days of multi-cultural eating that’s not necessarily true. And a good case in point is a Thai beef salad with its zingy, hot/sour flavours which influence the match much more than the beef does.

An off-dry Riesling is a much better bet than a red, adding a freshness and vibrancy to the pairing instead of a jarring note. Surprisingly even mature Rieslings can hold their own. We once paired a nine year old Von Hovel Oberemmeler Hutte Riesling Spätlese with a Thai beef salad at a Decanter tasting and it was the star of the show. New Zealand Rieslings, which tend to be slightly more floral than South Australian ones, also make a good pairing.

If you’re not a Riesling fan a good zesty New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc will hit the spot as will the ever-flexible weissbier or witbier.

Image © jnie -

Which wines - or beers - do you like best with Thai food? Do let me know what you think.

If you found this post helpful and would like to support the website which is free to use it would be great if you'd make a donation towards its running costs or sign up to my regular Substack newsletter Eat This, Drink That for extra benefits.


You may also enjoy …

Comments: 1 (Add)

Lambak on November 24 2012 at 20:55

I have to say I love this wine. It's definitely my fovirate as well. I guess the Wineaux is making the right kind of friends as well as having a family with a good taste for Riesling. It's cheap and tastes like million dollars! What's not to like about it! Not only doest it go great with Thai goes even better with a friend! Thanks for posting a white wine. I do have a question about Riesling in general Is there a certain opportune temperature it should be served at. I'm assuming cold isn't an opportune temperature.thanksSS

Recent posts …

About FionaAbout FionaEvents and appearancesEvents and appearancesWork with meWork with me