With Britain now a multi-cultural society we have seen an influx of restaurants specialising in their own cuisines. It is often difficult enough to match wines with well known dishes, let alone dishes that are somewhat more exclusive, and often only enjoyed on special occasions, it could ruin the meal if the wrong wine was selected, and whilst there is no single choice of wine which must be drunk with a certain dish, there are nevertheless some which are a better match than others.To help you in your selection we have listed below some ideal wines to accompany your choice of dish.
* Thai: Aromatic and spicy flavours combine well with a crisp, dry white wine such as Gewurztraminer or zesty wines like a Sauvignon Blanc, Marsanne, unwooded Chardonnay or a robust red, such as Shiraz with beef dishes.
* Chinese: With seasonings that include ginger, garlic and soy and oyster sauces with a mix of sweet and sour flavours a wine that is spicy and fruity, possibly an Alsace wine or a low tannin red wine like a Grenache for duck dishes would be good choices.
* Japanese: Bitter and vinegar ingredients are common, therefore, avoid acidic wines and utilize dry, fruity whites or sparkling wines. Heavier dishes like tempura require fuller, fruity wines such as red Chinon, a white Sancerre, Brut Champagne or manzanilla sherry.
* Indian: Ingredients of curry, coconut, cumin, creamy or milk based sauces. These combine deliciously with low-tannin, fruity wines with very little oak, try a Merlot or a Shiraz.
* Middle Eastern: Figs, raisens, nuts and turmeric are common ingredients here. They marry up well with soft fruity reds like Fleurie or a new world Pinot Noir and whites such asan Australian Semillon Chardonnay or Chilean Sauvignon Semillon.
* Mexican: Chili dominated cuisine that can affect your palate is best coupled with a spicywine that has a touch of residual sugar. Chilled fruity whites, a red Beaujolais Cru Or an Australian Tarrango ( chilled ) would also work well.
* Pacific Rim & Fusion: These are generally bold dishes and need a confident, forward wine such as a New World Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc.