Happy Chinese New Year! It's the year of the rabbit and what better way to celebrate than with a Chinese food and wine inspired pairing. Fried rice has been a favorite of mine since I was a kid. Every blue moon my grandmother would order take-out from a local Chinese restaurant, which always included combination fried rice for yours truly. I loved these nights because instead of asking me to set the dining room table, my grandmother would lay out paper plates and plastic forks on our living room coffee table. On take-out nights we always watched T.V as we ate, which usually consisted of "Married with Children" or "Murder She Wrote". I still remember separating the scrambled eggs away from the rest of the dish and listening to my grandmother preach about how eggs made your hair grow long. The things parents say to get you to eat your food! I wasn't a big egg eater, and as you can see, I never had a problem growing my hair. Fried rice still remains a favorite to this day, especially on laid back nights in front of the television.
Combination fried rice is amazing with Pouilly-Fuissé (poo-yee-fwee-SAY)! Pouilly-Fuissé is a dry white wine made from Chardonnay in the Maconnais region of Burgundy, France. The wine is full-bodied with aromas of lemon, green apple, and mineral. After a bite of the food and then a sip of the wine, the fruit flavors in the wine suddenly come to life making the wine seem fruitier. Both the wine and food have a similar intensity of flavor, which makes them well suited. Like with most great pairings, neither the food nor the wine out-do each other. Pouilly-Fuissé has excellent acidity that helps to cut through the oil and cleanse the palate. In addition, white Burgundy is amazing with eggs which can be problematic with wine, adding another positive to the pairing. Other wines to try with fried rice are un-oaked Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Kabinett Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc and sparkling wines.