Whether modern pan-Asian fusion cuisine or classic dishes from Thailand, Vietnam, Japan, Korea, India or regional China: Austria has the right wines for every dish. This brochure shows the diversity of Austrian wines, and features several easy to understand examples.
The firm, robust Grüner Veltliner is clearly the most universal food companion. With its full, balanced body and its power and finesse, Grüner Veltliner is the ideal companion for an array of Asian dishes prepared in a variety of ways. Whether fish or meat, fish appetizers or even classic Dim Sum and spring rolls – there is perfect harmony. This wine stands up so well to sharp flavours and, with its well-integrated acidity, is incredibly refreshing on the palate. And in its full-bodied form, Grüner Veltliner with balance, mature acidity – and no oaky flavour, of course – is incomparably sublime when paired with umami-rich foods. This is also true for some of Austria's regional stars like Zierfandler, Rotgipfler, Roter Veltliner, Weissburgunder or Neuburger, when vinified in the same style as Grüner Veltliner.
Fruit-accented wines like Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc go especially well with appetizers. And sometimes, a touch of residual sweetness can be a harmonious advantage. Of course, barrique-matured Chardonnays can be matched wonderfully with powerful meat and fish dishes.
In addition to these fabulous white wines, more and more Austrian red wines are demonstrating how they enhance Oriental menus as well – especially because intensely spicy dishes demand more fruit, but light tannins. Moreover, luscious sweet wines from Austria make impeccable partners for an array of eastern foods, for example, Indian curries and Tandoori dishes.