Hop Into The Lunar New Year With These Pairings

Hop Into The Lunar New Year With These Pairings

Drink good wine with good food in great company this Lunar New Year & check out our wine & food pairing suggestions in this post!

Get your wine fixes from our Wine Shops or online store before the CNY festivities begin!
But hey, our doors are open through the CNY holidays if you ever need more. 

Serving any kind of sweet dessert is encouraged during Chinese New Year because it symbolises bringing a sweet life into the new year. The Hokkiens also consider certain fruits auspicious and are particularly fond of pineapple, which means “fortune come” in the dialect. Hence, the pineapple is often incorporated into Chinese New Year snacks and decorations. This pairs well with RICOSSA - Moscato d'Asti DOCG - Piedmont.

Abalone is known as Bao Yu in Mandarin, which means “assurance” (bao) of a “surplus” (yu) in the year ahead. Abalone is a popular Chinese New Year dish and is usually given as a gift in a bundle.

For the finishing touch, bundle it up with our OCEAN BAY - Sauvignon Blanc - Marlborough - New Zealand. Intensely aromatic, zingy and balanced with crisp finish that provides a good contrast with the taste of abalone.

Nian Gao directly translates to “year cake”) and is a Chinese New Year staple that is made from glutinous rice flour and sugar. It is believe that those who consume it will be rewarded with a higher status or a better life in the new year.

 Due to its sweet gelatinous nature, a cold, crisp VALDO "Oro Puro" - Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore Brut DOCG, Veneto – Italy will help to reset the palate with each sip. A very enjoyable pairing.

Another popular Chinese New Year dish is Yu Sheng, which signifies a wish for extra life and abundance. The dish is also eaten for good luck and prosperity on the seventh day of Chinese New Year, which is known as Ren Ri (meaning “day of man” or “day of humanity”). The fish is thinly sliced and tossed together with a mixture of shredded vegetables in a sweet, piquant sauce. We recommend washing it down with WOLFBERGER - Pinot Gris - Alsace, France as the slightly sweet taste of the wine compliments the sweetness of the plum sauce.

A Family reunion tradition on Chinese New Year's Eve. Steamboat is a place of communion with our loved ones, usually alongside a grill for barbequed meats, seafood and more as well as a soup base too.

A powerful and rich OAKVILLE - Cabernet Sauvignon - Napa Valley is one that will leave a memorable experience as it is very rich and elegant on the palate.



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