What’s that they say about food and wine matching? A good pairing is like a good conversation? But get the right couple together and the more profound the discussion will be, and the more your palate will appreciate both the vino and vittles.
But it’s a big, diverse world down under and we’re not always speaking the same language – how grand then that taste is universal.
It’s taken the wine drinking community some time to come around to the concept but we here in Australia, with such a richly woven tapestry of Asian heritages, have a marvelous opportunity to match South-eastern, Southern and Central cuisines with local wine.
Going out for Thai tonight? Cocktails and beers all the way, right? Save the cellar for the steak frites.
But it’s precisely those complexities in Thai cuisine – the spices, the herbs, the heat; the fat of the grilled, the char of the wok-tossed, which make it such an interesting experiment in wine matching. And it’s not just Thai. In Australia you can find a tasty bottle to drink with any Asian cuisine.
We’ve got the cultures, we’ve got the people, we’ve got the restaurants. And you’d better be sure we’ve got the wine.
Here are some of my favorite matches: