Paula’s Wines of the Week starting 12 September 2016

Paula’s Wines of the Week starting 12 September 2016

Chopsticks leave me fumbling, but that doesn’t stop me devouring Chinese food at least once a week. Unfortunately cooking my own stir fries has become a bit of problem since moving house: lack of mains gas means all my cooking must be done on an electric hob and my round bottomed wok just doesn’t work well on that.

So when I fancy sweet and sour pork balls and black bean chicken I place an order at the local take-away, then pop next door to the off-licence and pick up a suitable bottle of wine.

This is usually a bottle of German white – the naturally sweet-sour flavours of Riesling, Müller-Thurgau or Gewürztraminer work best with Chinese food. Open one of these wines and your nose is assaulted with honey, elderflower and pineapple. Overpowering for many, such a complex mix can easily swamp the delicate scents of vegetarian Chinese dishes. For these choose a wine that is still slightly sweet but less complex – rosé wine makes a surprisingly good match.

Spring rolls with bean sprouts or noodles in sesame sauce all compliment the strawberry flavours of a classic Anjou rosé, while the raspberry aromas commonly found in Merlot rosés enhances both dim sum and mushroom dishes.

PG Wine Reviews

Tesco Chianti 2015
£4.90 Tesco
Blackberry, cherry and liquorice. Good wine for nosh. And another plus – the print on the back label is actually large enough to read without getting out the arm extension. Now there’s an innovation.

Aldi Venturer Series Italian Primitivo 2015
£4.99 Aldi
Tastes like cherry Madiera cake.

Latitute Chilean Chardonnay-Semillon 2016
£5 Sainsbury’s (down from £6.50 until September 20)
Sharp flavours of grapefruit and apple tempered with banana. A good everyday white.

Latitute Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot 2015
£5 Sainsbury’s (down from £6.50 until September 20)
Tastes like Quality Street. Simple stuff but tasty.

Co-op Truly Irresistible Italian Gavi 2015
£7.99 Co-op
Peaches and honey.

16 Little Black Pigs Australian Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
£8.99 Virgin Wines
A fruity red with flavours of liquorice and dark coffee running through.

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