Our Favorite Global Recipes and the Best Wine to Sip Alongside
You can sip wine with more than just French and Italian classics. We'll show you how to pair your vino with more (even your favorite Chinese takeout).
If you’re broadening your culinary horizons by adding some global recipes to your repertoire, you’ll want a few complementary wine pairings to take them to the next level. Whether you’re whipping up a midweek dinner, entertaining friends or sharing a meal at home for two, these food and wine pairings will help your dishes sing. Here are some of our must-try global recipes wines to match.
Spanish Paella + Tempranillo
Spain is home to phenomenal dishes and amazing flavors. From tapas to chorizo, gazpacho and more, Spanish cuisine is full of vibrant seasonings (think saffron) which give its dishes their unique taste. Paella is easy to prepare and can be customized with what’s on hand. Fish, chicken, meat—any of these can make their way into this classic Spanish dish. Our wine pick is a Tempranillo from Rioja. It’s earthy, herbal, with just the right amount of fruitiness to bring out the best in your paella.
German Bratwurst + Riesling
The first thought that pops into our minds when we think of German food is sausages. And when it comes to those, few wines are a better match than riesling. A bratwurst supper with a perfectly chilled glass of riesling is a match made in heaven (so refreshing!). In a similar vein, if you look south of the German border to Austria, the wiener schnitzel is easily the most famous dish and a tasty riesling will do the trick here as well.
Chinese Takeout + Rosé
With a wealth of spices and sweet, savory ingredients, many Chinese dishes offer a reprieve from the usual weekday routine. What’s more, they make for simple yet delicious dinners—and are a healthier option compared to ordering a takeout. Add a little spice your life with this spicy beef and pepper stir-fry and serve it with a fruity glass of Grenache rosé. It will tame some of that chili heat while still being able to hold up to the bold flavors.
Greek Fare + Cabernet Sauvignon
Stop off in the Mediterranean to pick up some delectable dinner ideas. If you’re a vegetarian, you’ll love classic Greek spanakopita (aka spinach pie) or this grilled eggplant with feta. Keep your wine light and bright. A sauvignon blanc will do the trick; it’s fantastic with veggies. For those amazing Greek lamb recipes, grab something bold and rich like cabernet sauvignon. If you’re feeling adventurous, a Greek red like Xinomavro is absolutely made for lamb.
Argentine Asado + Malbec
Argentina is famous for its asado or grilled meats. The Argentinians use chimichurri, a savory, tangy sauce full of fresh herbs (like parsley and oregano) to top off the smoky flavors of meat hot off the grill. It’s a beautiful contrast that will satisfy from the very first bite. For wine pairings, there’s really only one choice: Argentine Malbec. This smooth wine is full of dark fruits, chocolate and a touch of smoke and will be gorgeous with anything off the coals.
Indian Curry + Gewürstraminer
Fragrant herbs and spices shine in India’s richly colored dishes. Peppered with heat from chili and ginger, curries are the star of Indian cooking. They’re not only mouth-wateringly good, but all those spices make curries a healthy dinner choice. Try a spicy, off-dry (i.e. slightly sweet) gewürztraminer with this spicy lamb curry to enhance the dish’s exotic flavor.
Thai Foods + Chenin Blanc
Over in Southeast Asia, countries like Vietnam, Thailand and Malaysia are famous for their aromatic cuisines which often play with both sweet and hot flavors. Coconut is a familiar ingredient in this part of the world and contributes a whole new layer to an already tasty meal. Our current favorite is this 30-minute red curry. Because coconut is a bit sweet, you’ll want to pair it with a wine that has a touch of sweetness as well, like an off-dry Chenin blanc.