It's a fun and exciting time, one which we all can take part in if only to enjoy a special 'take-out' New Year dinner.
If you live in a metropolitan city you probably have access to Chinese restaurants where you'll be able to enjoy some of the specialty foods served for the New Year celebrations.
I've had the opportunity to enjoy delicious and very special Chinese New Year dinners over the years. It was always fun and interesting. Some of the restaurants provided the guests with special menus which would have the history about the foods being served.
I remember back when tea was the only beverage served with dinner, but today there are a few "gourmet" Chinese restaurants with a wine list that will compliment their menu.
Today many neighborhood restaurants will have only a house red or white wine. Most often it will not be as food friendly as it should be. In that case you can always choose a Chinese beer.
The Chinese beer will go well with the foods on the menu. It's the rule of "choose a wine from the same region as the food," in this case it would be the Chinese beer. There are several varieties of Chinese beer to choose.
If you want to celebrate The Year of The Rabbit with a glass of wine and your favorite Chinese take-out here are a couple of suggestions for choosing a wine to go with your favorite dishes.
- Szechuan style dishes are spicy -- Gerwurztraminer (which means 'spice grapes') is a white wine that has a spiciness to it which makes it perfect with very spicy dishes.
- Cantonese style dishes have subtle flavors -- German Riesling is a nice fruity wine for the subtle flavors of the Cantonese dishes. You can also try a Riesling from South Africa.
- There are many rich dishes made with pork, duck and beef. These dishes will need a rich red wine that are higher in tannins which will cut through the fats in the dish.
- Choose a Pinot Noir or maybe a Merlot if the tannins are more pronounced to enjoy with the beef, pork and duck.
To all, "Good Luck" in this Year of the Rabbit!