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Wine Pairing With Thai Meals

One of many world’s nice cuisines requires a terrific wine. Right here’s what to pair with Thai—a meals that mixes the candy, the bitter, the salty, and the spicy in good concord.

Thai delicacies is exclusive. Take a second to see for those who can sum it up in a single sentence.

No, significantly, attempt it. We’ll wait…

Time’s up! Not really easy is it?

What goes into your favourite Pad Thai or curry isn’t a random meeting of components. It’s a posh mix of the bitter, candy, salty, and spicy, in addition to the bitter and fragrant.

Wine Pairing with Thai Food - Pad Thai and Riesling Illustration Wine Folly

Wine Pairing with Thai Meals

Is there a wine that may pair with such intricate fare? After all there may be! The truth is, we’ve acquired a number of for the following time a Thai craving strikes.

Finest Possibility: Riesling

If Thai delicacies is all about concord, a pleasant off-dry Riesling is a welcome addition to the refrain. It’s virtually too good: dynamite tropical fruit flavors with acidity and sweetness to chop the spice. There are even some Rieslings that function jasmine of their bouquet! Plus, for those who’re delicate to warmth, the low ABV will guarantee the fireplace doesn’t get too uncontrolled.

Nice Options

So, you’re nonetheless anti-Riesling. (You’ll get there if we’ve something to do with it!) Happily for you, there are many dank alternate options, each geeky and prevalent for pairing. There are even a number of reds that work nicely for those who’re not all that into white wines.

  • Pinot Gris/Pinot Grigio

    A viable various to Riesling, Pinot Gris has less-intense tropical fruit flavors and extra delicate acidity. Search out one from Alsace for spice notes of clove and ginger, in addition to a protracted, tingly end.

  • Chenin Blanc

    Inherently candy, with medium-high acidity, Chenin Blanc-based wines have been born to pair with Thai delicacies. Search out dry, off-dry, and candy examples for an particularly flavorful mixture.

  • Grenache Blanc

    Flavors of Asian pear, unripe mango, lime zest, and lemongrass make this a knockout combo with Thai meals. Simply watch the ABV: it’s typically 13-15% and can make the capsaicin in chilies burn further vivid.

  • Grüner Veltliner

    Gentle, zesty, and acidic meals deserves a lightweight, zesty, and acidic wine.

  • Glowing Rosé

    We love pairing Glowing Rosé with one dish specifically (discovered beneath), however fizz, fruits, and sweetness play properly with every kind of well-liked Thai dishes.

  • Pinot Noir

    Fruit-forward and acidic traits aren’t restricted to only white wines. If you happen to can’t stand any of the above, Pinot Noir might be your godsend.

  • Zweigelt

    Candy, bitter, and spicy, with a thirst-quenching character, we’re amazed that this mild Austrian pink wine isn’t extra extremely really helpful for Thai eats.

Thai Food Wine Pairings - Illustration by Wine Folly
It’s laborious to go incorrect with wines like Riesling, Grüner Veltliner, Chenin Blanc, Glowing Rosé and Pinot Noir…

Thai Meals Taste Palette

Thai delicacies has a number of base components that may inform you of its flavors. Learn the information on taste pairing to create your personal wine matches with the components beneath.

  • Candy: Palm Sugar, Cane Sugar, Candy Chilies, Tamarind
  • Bitter: Tamarind, Kaffir Lime, Lime Leaf, Tropical Fruit
  • Salty: Fish Sauce, Sea Salt
  • Spicy: Sizzling Chilies, Peppercorns
  • Bitter: Bitter Melon, Bok Choy, Numerous Greens
  • Fragrant: Cilantro, Lemongrass, Galangal, Ginger, Thai Basil, Holy Basil

Thai dishes are additionally a cautious mix, one which emphasizes the steadiness of components as a substitute of getting one standout star. (Right here’s you chili peppers! Not all Thai meals is or must be that spicy.)

Particular Thai Dishes

by Thanakrit Gu

Pad Thai and Off-Dry Riesling

These sweet-and-sour noodles want no introduction. Place your order and pair it with a basic Halbtrocken (or Feinherb) German Riesling and take your tongue on a wild experience.

Pad See Ew - Thai Noodle Dish by Ernesto Andrade
by Ernesto Andrade

Pad See Ew and Pinot Noir

We’re pondering pink wine for this large noodle, umami-driven meal. Oregonian or Marlborough, NZ Pinot Noir has the suitable mix of class and freshness to spherical out this extra savory various to Pad Thai.

by Cindy Kurman

Purple Curry/Inexperienced Curry and Gewürztraminer

These two completely different sorts of curries historically have the identical base of coconut milk, with the colour of the chilies being the important thing separator. Whereas they could differ in spice, they don’t differ in perfume. The place there’s perfume, there must be Gewürztraminer.

by Jules

Massaman Curry and Carignan

It might be a Thai curry, nevertheless it’s nothing prefer it’s pink and inexperienced cousins. With components like carrots and potatoes and spices akin to cardamom, cinnamon, and cumin, this wealthy curry wants one thing with a little bit extra muscle. A Carignan from Languedoc-Roussillon is greater than as much as the duty.

by Dan Lundberg

Thai Spring Rolls and Glowing Rosé

Crunch and bubbles make for one hell of a one-two punch. The rosé glowing wine type imparts the correct amount of fruit and sweetness for the scrumptious bitter vegetable filling.

by Torbak Hopper

Thai Contemporary Rolls and Torrontés

That includes extra freshness and crunchy greens than different dishes on the listing, you’ll need one thing a little bit completely different: Argentine Torrontés. Particularly from Salta. Candy smelling, however drier than you’d anticipate, it’s the lean, imply pairing you need with this wholesome possibility.

by Julia

Thai Fried Rice (Kao Pad) and Brut Nature Champagne

Actually, our first thought for this messy little bit of a deliciousness was a cool, crisp Singha. However this isn’t Beer Folly. So as a substitute, go for the following neatest thing: an impossibly minerally and dry glowing wine with no added sugar.

by Lummmy

Tom Yum Soup and Grenache Blanc

This pairing is so good, we’ve truly written about it earlier than.

by Alpha

Inexperienced Papaya Salad and Grüner Veltliner

Candy and bitter. Fruity and savory. Crisp and agency. Inexperienced Papaya Salad (or Som Tum) showcases what Thai delicacies is all about. Riesling is the #1 stunner, however the unripe fruit flavors in Grüner make us wish to cease writing and revisit this pairing proper now!

by Stu Spivack

Mango Sticky Rice and Late Harvest Riesling

“Nuts to concord,” you say. “I’m all about that sweetness.” The favored Thai dessert of candy mango and creamy rice truly has a wonderful pairing accomplice: late harvest Riesling from Germany, New York, and Washington State. Count on aromas of lemon, ginger, and jasmine, and stimulating acidity.

Final Phrase

If you happen to DO give you the right sentence to explain Thai delicacies, go away a remark and we’ll wallow in its glory.


By Vincent Rendoni
I am a spicy meatball who loves light-bodied reds, fragrant whites, video video games, and for higher or worse, Seattle sports activities groups. I used to be an enormous fan of Wine Folly earlier than being employed, so I assume you might say I am residing the dream.

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