SOURCE: Alsace Wine Council

October 01, 2007 16:10 ET

Eat Asian? Drink Alsace!

Versatile Whites That Pair Perfectly With Spicy, Exotic Flavors

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - October 1, 2007) - Ordering Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, Indian or Thai food for delivery is never a bad idea (because who really wants to try and deep fry spring rolls or samosas in their own kitchen?). However, it inevitably brings about the "Asian take-out predicament": what's the best thing to drink with these often spicy, herb-infused, ginger sweetened and/or fruit-sauced foods? The answer is simple -- versatile, elegant and food-friendly wines from Alsace.

To help match wine and wontons, here is a wine-pairing companion to accompany a take-out menu:

Starters                         Wine Pairing
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Tuna, Avocado, and roe roll      Lucien Albrecht, Crémant d'Alsace, NV, $16
   -- This bright, Pinot Blanc based Crémant and the roe work together to
      open the palate.

Vegetable samosas               Domaine Paul Blanck, Pinot Blanc, 2005, $15
   -- This light, supple Pinot Blanc will complement the spicy, bold
      samosa.

Crispy Spring Rolls                           Trimbach, Riesling, 2004, $14
   -- This dry, juicy and lively Riesling will lighten the palate and cut
      through the richness of the spring roll.

Entrées                          Wine Pairing
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Moo Shoo Shrimp with Snow Peas             Domaines Schlumberger, Riesling,
                                           "Les Princes Abbés," 2004, $14
   -- This elegant, balanced Riesling enhances the flavorful, fresh seafood
      and vegetables.

Cantonese Style Sweet and Sour Pork     Alsace Willm, Pinot Gris, 2005, $12
   -- This opulent, well-rounded Pinot Gris balances out the flavorful pork
      sauce.

Orange Roasted Duck                        Hugel, Gewurztraminer, 2005, $15
   -- This aromatic, floral Gewurztraminer lightens the sweetness of the
      duck.

Lemongrass Tamarind Beef            Charles Baur, Gewurztraminer, 2005, $18
   -- This spicy wine calls up the richness in the savory, citrus-sauced
      meat.

It might not be a bad idea to keep a wine stash near the stack of take-out menus for when the mood hits. There is a white from Alsace to accompany any Asian craving -- on any night of the week!

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