Best Wine With Thai Food: Top 5 Wines With Thai Food
Thai food with its blends of spices and herbs, can sometimes make it a challenge to find the right wine to compliment it.
The fact of the matter is that there is not just one particular type of wine that can be said to go with Thai food, just as there is no one particular wine that goes with French food or American food.
Below we have selected some types of wines that will go well with many Thai dishes but, as always, what may be the type of wine recommended for a particular dish is not necessarily the wine that will suit your tastes.
The selection that we have chosen should be considered a starting point in choosing your favorite wines. None of the selections we have made are very expensive, but all are highly rated by many wine critics and all will go well with a wide range of Thai food.
Riesling wine originates in western Germany and Alsace. Typically, the best wines produced from the Riesling grapes comes from cooler regions where the grapes take longer to mature. Riesling wines are often thought of as a sweeter wine, in fact they can vary from very sweet to very dry. The acidity of the wine cuts through some of the spiciness and is not overwhelmed by many Thai dishes.
Recommended wine: Eroica Riesling 2013
This highly rated, crisp wine is light and the balanced acidity make a fine accompanying wine for many Thai dishes. At around $20 a bottle a good value choice.
Gruner Veltliner typically come from Austria, the ‘Gruner’ in the name is German for green, which in this case means that the wine is best enjoyed when it is still young. The wines tend to have a high acidity and can be enjoyed with a wide range of Thai (and other) foods as the taste of the wine compliments many dishes rather than competes with them.
Recommended wine: Laurenz V Charming Gruner Veltliner 2013
The Charming Gruner Veltliner, from Laurenz V, is a bright zesty wine with a fruitiness that will show through even with hotter Thai dishes. This wine is best enjoyed between now and 2019. Available at around $25 a bottle.
Rose wines are usually made from red wine varieties of grape. They are started like a red wine but are only allowed to begin fermentation with the grape skin – just enough to start coloring he wine. The wine is then finished off like a white wine. Rose wines are light and refreshing, like a white but still have some of the characteristics of reds. If you are having a wide range of Thai dishes with a variety of tastes and heats, a Rose can be a good compromise for the whole meal rather than select different wines for each course.
Recommended wine: Miraval Rose 2014
Fresh and lively, with a suggestion of strawberries, this Miraval Rose makes a good choice to go well with a wide variety of Thai foods. The lightness of the wine means that whether enjoyed with your meal or just on its own, for a little over $20 this wine is well worth trying.
While many are familiar with Beaujolais Nouveau, the Cru is less familiar. They both come from the same region in France but the Cru comes from the more northern areas. There are 10 of these area or Crus. Each producing wines with slightly differing characteristics. While the Nouveau is best drunk while still young, Crus age better, many being at their prime at between 5 to 10 years old. Many of the wines that compliment Thai food best are whites but the Cru Beaujolais is a very good red option to have with your meal.
Recommended wine: Louis Jadot Moulin – a – Vent Ch. des Jacques 2012
This robust Beaujolais offers a fleshy texture. This wine has a great longevity when compared to many other Cru Beaujolais. The aroma is redolent of rich red fruit. Typically, less than $25 a bottle.
Shiraz and Syrah are actually the same, Syrah was the original name for the grape and wine that came from the Rhone region. When Syrah was first made in Australia it was renamed Shiraz, and this is the name that has now become more popular. The wines are made all over the world and tend to take on characteristics of the local area. The wine though all have a fruit flavor, with wines from warmer growing areas having a stronger fruitiness. In colder growing areas a pepperiness dominates. The juicy flavor makes this a great paring with spicy Thai foods.
Recommended wine: d’Arenberg – ‘Stump Jump’ Shiraz – 2008
The lighter tannins in this 2008 Stump Jump Shiraz, combined with the peppery taste make it a fine pairing with hotter spicy Thai food and, at a little over $10 a bottle, well worth considering when you have your next spicy Thai meal.
I hope this article helped you find the best wine to have with Thai food!
As you can see, there is a wide selection, not only of individual wines, but of varieties as well.
Which wine is the best for your individual tastes with your Thai food is a matter of trying several until you find the right choice for you.
If you are having guests and they are not great wine drinker, try a safer choice like a Rose. But if you are going to have several wines throughout your meal, you can afford to be a little more adventurous in your choices.
Remember as you look through your wine options for accompanying your food, that just because a wine is expensive, doesn’t necessarily mean that, firstly it is better or, secondly that even if the wine itself is considered a high quality wine, it will go well with our choice of food.
You will see from all of the wines we have selected, you can find perfect wines to pair with your food for between about $10 to $20 a bottle.