We’ve always had a love affair with Chinese food here in NYC; after all, who else delivers at 3 in the morning with a foot of fresh, wet snow on the ground! But of course, there is NYC Chinese restaurant food and then there is Chinese food.
With Chinese New Year upon us on February 3 (ushering in the Year of the Rabbit), and the growth of China as an important cultural reference in many communities, it’s a perfect time to think a bit about Chinese food and how pairing wines with these dishes can play an increasingly important role in our culinary landscape.
The Chinese seem to have a particular affinity for Bordeaux, and while that would not be my first choice to pair with many Chinese dishes, the pantheon of Chinese cuisine is broad and wide, and there is a great match for almost every wine. The trick is in teasing out the elements that work well together!