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The Best Wines to Pair with Spicy Food

Dr. Konstantin Frank 2018 Gewurztraminer featured by Martha Stewart as one of the best wines to pair with spicy food.

Pair Gewurztraminer with Thai Cuisine

In Thai recipes the hot peppers can be fresh, pickled, crushed, fried, or dried, and are often combined with other fragrant herbs and spices like lemongrass, ginger, coriander, and cilantro. Gewurztraminer (Guh-VURHTS-tra-mee-ner) is a white wine grape grown in Northern Italy and France which has a lush, tropical character: lychee, white peach, ripe apricot, and rose petal are all typical tasting notes. Gewurztraminer has a natural sweetness that helps calm down heat fumes in your mouth should you get a particularly fiery bite. Keep in mind that the styles from Italy’s Alto-Adige region are generally a bit sweeter than the version made in Alsace, France. Some new-world areas like New York’s Finger Lakes are starting to have success with this interesting grape as well.

Try Elena Walch Gewurztraminer 2019 ($23.99, wine.com paired with Thai Green Shrimp Curry, Trimbach Gewurztraminer 2016 ($23.99, wine.com ) with Spicy Thai-Style Lettuce Wraps, and Dr. Konstantin Frank Gewurztraminer 2018 ($18.99, wine.com with Thai Beef with Chiles and Basil Over Coconut Rice.

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