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Wine Craft: The Top 6 Chinese Food Wine Pairings

Hey everyone. Are you as crazy busy as I am??

Lately it seems like everyone I know is juggling about 800 things at once. As for me, I’m currently in the middle of revamping (and soon relaunching) my website, I’m finalizing two eBooks (you’re going to love ’em!), and on top of all that, I’m trying to balance my personal life while also keeping up with all my studying as I continue on towards my goal of becoming a Master Sommelier. I know for sure that my life is a little hectic, but I wouldn’t change a thing.

Except maybe dinner.

Wine Pairings for Busy People

I love to cook, but when I suddenly turn around and it’s somehow 9pm and I haven’t eaten yet, I’m not getting out pots and pans, I’m reaching for the take-out menus, and my go-to vice is Chinese food.

Honestly, I would eat Chinese take out everyday if I could. The best part? I don’t even have to give up wine just because I’m having some kung pao.

Whether you share my love of chow mein and egg rolls or just want to sip and snack on some fun new pairings, you’ll want to check out this list of my six favorite Chinese food and wine pairings ideas. They’re seriously good eats.


Best Chinese Food Wine Pairings


  • #1 Peking Duck paired with Pinot Noir

          The crispy skin and 5-spice/molasses duck pairs with a wine that’s soft, earthy, and light finish!

Wine: Eden Road The Long Road Pinot Noir 2012 $30:  BUY ME


  • #2 Salt and Pepper Shrimp with Torrontes

           The salt, pepper, oil, and shrimp requires a wine that can handle seasonings and rich seafood

Wine: Anko Torrontes Salta, Argentina 2013 $14: BUY ME


  • #3: Beef with Broccoli with Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

           The savory of beef and cooked vegetables pairs with a big, bold, and tannin red wine

Wine: Sterling Napa Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 $26: BUY ME


  • #4: Orange Chicken with Prosecco

          The pan-fried skin with orange sauce needs to be cut by the sparkling wine’s slight sweet and sharp acidity

Wine: Cantine Maschio Prosecco Brut $12: BUY ME


  • #5: Kung Pao Chicken with Mosel Riesling

          Spicy and tangy chicken needs a sweet and bright white wine to tame the cuisine

Wine: St. Urbans-hoff Estate Riesling QbA 2014 $16: BUY ME


  • #6: Seafood Fried Rice with Central Coast Chardonnay

          The burnt rice in oil along with rich seafood like shrimp, crab, and lobster needs a medium-bodied white that             can handle such richness

Wine: Calera Central Coast Chardonnay 2014 $19: BUY ME



Mario LunaMario Luna sommelier is a Certified Sommelier and owner of Mario Luna Somm, a company that produces online wine courses, blogs, and other user-friendly content full of information perfect for the everyday wine drinker. He lives in Las Vegas, where in addition to working on the famous Las Vegas Strip, he serves as a consultant for large-scale wine events, specialty shops, and all kinds of wine tastings. You can contact Mario at his website or check out his courses here.



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