5 Adventurous Pairings for Lunar New Year feast

Year of the Rat is almost upon us and with Lunar New Year strategically positioned just a few days before the end of dry January, it invites many of us to celebrate and enjoy a Chinese inspired meal with a glass of wine.
 
It's not a secret that a lot of us hold a perception that Chinese food should be paired with beer or whisky and not wine, but this incredibly diverse cuisine pairs incredibly well with aromatic whites and well balanced reds. If you are planning a feast to celebrate Lunar New Year, below we suggest exactly which bottles to drink alongside 5 (the lucky number of the year) symbolic dishes served for the occasion.
 
Steamed Fish 
We begin with steamed fish, a traditional Chinese New Year dish that is believed to increase prosperity. Whilst various fish can be served, each symbolising something different, our lovely Gavi di Gavi from Villa Sparina pairs ferfectly with seafood, particularly delicate white fish and most especially traditional Chinese dish, steamed Sea Bass with soy sauce and ginger.
 
Villa Sparina Gavi di Gavi DOCG, 2018 £21.00
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Steamed Dumplings (Jiaozi)
With a history of more than 1,800 years, Chinese dumpling is a classic New Years dish. They are usually filled with minced meat and vegetables, however, on New Year's eve it's common to eat cabbage and radish stuffed dumplings. Whether it's boiled, steamed or fried try it with our citrus and crisp Poulton Hill Estate Bacchus, 2018 which hits all the right notes.
 
Poulton Hill Estate Bacchus, 2018 £21.00

 
Buddha's Delight (Monk's Vegetables)
Traditionally consumed by the monks but nowadays a go-to dish for Chinese New Year, where most people go meat-free for the day. A delicious amalgamation of tofu, mushrooms, carrots and other vegetables with a soya bean paste for the base. Try it with our vibrant and fruity 'Secret de Familie', a great compliment to this beautiful dish.
 
Albert Bichot Bourgogne Cote d'Or Pinot Noir 'Secret de Famille' £18.30
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Spring Rolls 
Chinese New Year is usually referred to as Spring Festival, therefore, eating spring rolls is a way of welcoming the arrival of spring. Since the gold apearance of it symbolise wealth, why not try it with some English sparkling wine, such as Nyetimber Demi Sec Cuvée Chérie NV.
 
Nyetimber Classic Cuvée £36.20
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Sweet & Sour Chicken
For the less traditional but patriots of the local take away favourite, sweet and sour chicken, we recommend crisp, weighty and delicately oaked Chardonnay. Try it with Ochota Barrels The Slint Chardonnay, the oak cuts through the sweetness of the chicken without compromising the flavour.
 
Ochota Barrels The Slint Chardonnay, 2017 £33.00
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We at Honest Grapes wish you wealth, prosperity and lovely wines for your table.