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Wines for Asian Flavors--Kelly live on Fox 5

This morning, I appeared live on DC's Fox 5, discussing wines to pair with Asian flavors. Here is a link to the segment.

These are the wines we discussed, and some pairing suggestions for Asian cuisine. Bon appetit!

Sparkling wines: The refreshing bubbles can cleanse your palate and make you return for another flavorful bite!

2005 Domaine Carneros by Taittinger Brut Cuvée, $26: Napa Valley, CA. 64% Pinot Noir, 34% Chardonnay, 2% Pinot Blanc. Aged for 3 years prior to release. Floral, pear and citrus peel aromas, flavorful, creamy finish.
* Food pairings: Sushi; tempura; potstickers; General Tso’s chicken; Pad Thai.

Spanish Albarino: Crisp and light, it can cut the richness of coconut-based curries, and the citrus notes match dishes with lime or lemongrass.

2007 Adegas Valminor Rias Baixas Albarino, $19: Citrus and crisp apple aroma, good acidity, not too lean, medium-bodied. Look for the youngest vintage and drink it young while the fruit is fresh and the acidity is vibrant.
* Food pairings: Coconut-lemongrass curry; chicken dumplings; lemon peel shrimp.

Gewurztraminer: This wine means “spicy Grape” in German. Bottles that have a bit of residual sugar will counter any heat in curries and other spicy dishes. The wine’s aromatic nose pairs with other aromatic Asian ingredients.

2006 Aime Gewurztraminer, Alto Adige, Italy, $18: (Northeast Italy, in the Alps. Gewurz originates here in the town of Tramin/Termeno). Aromatic and full-bodied, with spicy hints of cloves, roses and lychee.
*Food pairings: chicken curries (red, green, Panang); Kung Pao shrimp; chicken satay; Indian butter chicken; Tikka Masala.

Barbera d’Asti: A light and fruity red that’s typically not very tannic. Can be lightly chilled.

2006 Michele Chiarlo Barbera d’Asti “Le Orme”, $14: Piemonte, northwest Italy. Raspberry, grape jam, smooth tannins
*Food pairings: Beef and broccoli stir fry; beef Negamaki.

Zinfandel: A full-bodied red for bold Asian dishes. It has enough residual sugar to withstand/counter spice or seasonings. Look for alcohol levels of 14% or less.

2007 Seven Deadly Zins, Lodi, CA, $13: Blueberry and raspberry flavors, silky tannins and spice. **Chill for a bit to lessen “hot” sensation of high alcohol.
*Food pairings: Lamb curry; beef Teriyaki; hot and sour soup; sweet and spicy dipping sauces.