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.

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

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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

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