You may have heard that you can’t pair wine with soy sauce, or likewise with Asian dishes like honey-soy-glazed chicken thighs. But with wine pairings, there are always exceptions! It’s possible to find a wine that perfectly complements the intensity of flavours.
Soy sauce has a lot of savoury umami, saltiness and a little bit of sourness. It can make some wines taste flabby. Saltiness in a dish can magnify the influence of tannins in red wines, and accentuate acidity in white wines. If you’re trying to find a matching wine for bold dishes like these honey-soy-glazed chicken thighs, go for unoaked whites that are medium-bodied (otherwise the dish will completely overpower them) or unoaked, lighter-bodied reds. A nice acidity will cleanse the palate in between bites.
Wine Pairing: Nelias Godello
Godello’s signature aroma is lime, and it’s on full display in this vibrant white. The wine is medium-bodied and fresh on the palate, with a focussed beam of acidity that runs through the wine. The finish is dry and mouth-wateringly bright, with a balancing creaminess and weight thanks to the time on lees.
Want to continue to push the envelope with bold food flavours and wines that make them bolder? This recipe is one of four bold dishes that celebrate loud and exuberant flavours and their ideal wine matches. Try out these Mushroom Blue Cheese Burgers next!
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