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
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

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
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

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

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

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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