Wine Pairings for Dishes with Ginger
as recommended by Karen Bonarrigo & Merrill Bonarrigo
Wine Pairings for Dishes with Ginger:
- Ginger is a pungent, aromatic, spicy root of the plant. It is of the same family as turmeric and cardamom and has culinary and medicinal uses. It is slightly peppery and sweet.
- Fresh is the most flavorful and aromatic of the gingers. It is also available dried, pickled, preserved, candied, or ground. Ginger is very versatile and can be used on any dish or beverage. It is very common in Asian cuisine, and we typically use it at Thanksgiving.
- It marries well with fruits and honey and needs a heavier flavor weight of wine. Gewurztraminer is great pairing for it. The wine has a spice character that is complemented by the ginger.
- Wine pairings with ginger should make the wine sing – which means the food flavors should not overwhelm the wine but enhance its flavor. Gingers come in different sweetness and spice characters with some even having heat. Those with heat that are less sweet, best complement wines with sweetness.
- The Roasted Pork Tenderloin complements nicely Gewurztraminer and Pinot Noir in the red wine.
- Recommended wines:
Merrill and Karen Bonarrigo, Wine and Food Pairing experts at Messina Hof Wine Cellars, Inc.