Top five Chinese food and wine pairings3rd October, 2013 by Livia Xin
People across China are currently enjoying the seven-day national holiday, which runs from 1-7 October.
The National Day is celebrated in China each year, at the beginning of October. The public holiday is a chance for the People’s Republic of China to celebrate their national day, with lots of large-scale activities held nationwide. The seven-day holiday is also known as “Golden Week” and during this time Chinese people visit relatives and friends or go travelling around the country.
This week long holiday is seen as an opportunity to enjoy some special food and drink. But what wine goes perfectly with spicy Szechuan food? What do you drink with Shanghainese steamed dumpling that has just been dipped in vinegar?
Chinese food is well-known for its complex cooking style with different Chinese herbs or seasonings used in the sauces. Therefore, it is wise to avoid choosing reds with lots of tannin, which risk overwhelming the glossy textures of Chinese cooking. Generally, Chinese food is suitable for lighter and less complex wine.