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Wine Pairing: Aussie Riesling x Vietnamese Cuisine

Riesling really is the ultimate food wine. And trying it with hard-to-pair cuisines like Vietnamese shows just how versatile this grape can be. Now, we know that there are a huge range of flavours and ingredients used in the food of Vietnam. Clearly some famous dishes, like Imperial BBQ Pork, are not going to be the best partner for a crisp, aromatic white wine (try a light Grenache or Zweigelt instead). But overall, there is a lightness, a delicate fragrance, a gentle spice character to many Vietnamese dishes – combining such ingredients as fish sauce, lemongrass, ginger, lime, chilli, coriander, Vietnamese mint, vegetables briefly cooked, fresh seafood….

Today’s Wine Pairing: Aussie Riesling x Vietnamese Cuisine

VINUM Vietnam-food

So, why is Aussie Riesling such a fantastic companion? Well, overall a fresh cuisine is going to match nicely with a fresh style of wine. Riesling is the ultimate seafood wine – pretty much anything with ingredients from the sea is going to be amazing with Riesling, thanks to the high acidity.

VINUM-Vietnum-Riesling

Aussie Riesling, and those from Clare and Eden Valley in particular, are known for a distinctive lime flavour – given how much lime is used in Vietnamese food, you can see why this works.

VINUM Australia

And with the warmth of the climate in Australia, their Rieslings also have a nice weight and texture. The strong aromatics of Riesling – especially those petrol notes – can also handle the spices and herbs used so much in Vietnamese cooking. Amazingly, Riesling can even handle the heat of the plentiful chillies too.

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