A Guide For Pairing Wine With Thai Food
From sweet to sour, salty to spicy, Thai food offers a flavour explosion that Australians love. Most of our major towns and cities have a great selection of Thai takeaway restaurants, making it one of our favourite go-to cuisines, whether it’s a quiet night in or a party with friends.
The breadth of flavours makes wine matching an exciting proposition too, with lots of great combinations to sample. To make your next Thai take out night a tasting extravaganza, follow our wine matching guide for pairings with some of the top Thai menu choices.
Spicy prawn soup (Tom yum)
This aromatic and deceptively spicy dish will be balanced perfectly with a fragrant wine with generous fruit flavours and crisp acidity.
Matching wine styles: Light and aromatic whites
Pair with: Gewürztraminer, off-dry Riesling, or Rosé
Vegetarian spring rolls
A wine with zesty acidity and a zippy mouth-feel is perfect with the crispy crunch of a spring roll.
Matching wine styles: Sparkling or dry whites
Pair with: Sparkling wine, dry (young) Riesling, or Pinot Grigio
Choose a zesty white with loads of yellow fruit depth and no oak influence to accompany this flavoursome dish.
Matching wine styles: Dry whites
Pair with: Riesling (slightly aged) or Arneis, Fiano
Thai beef salad
A dry and crisp wine with bright fruit freshness is ideal with the fragrant mix of chilli, herbs and crisp vegetables in this salad.
Matching wine styles: Rosé or aromatic whites
Pair with: Dry Rosé, Sauvignon Blanc, or Grüner Veltliner
Chicken green curry
This spicy dish will be offset perfectly with a white variety with generous fruity sweetness, but fresh citrussy acidity to balance it all out.
Matching wine styles: Medium white and textural whites
Pair with: Off-dry Riesling, Verdelho or Chardonnay
If you’re looking for great all-rounders to match with a Thai feast, go for Sparkling with dishes featuring flavours like lemongrass and basil, but avoid chilli. Rosé is another great choice, especially the sweeter styles with spicy dishes. Speaking of a touch of sweetness, off-dry Rieslings are also delicious with the spicier seafood dishes.
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