Friday, October 19, 2012

Chinese menu selections for Napa Valley wines

The recent receipt of Geograhic Indication Status in China, a landmark protection which will safeguard the use of the Napa Valley name on wines bought and sold in the country, has us thinking about really important issues - like, what Chinese fare should we be whipping up to celebrate?

Thai Beef Salad with Cilantro Lime Dressing and Peanuts.  

From Salads by Peter Gordon. Copyright © 2006 by Peter Gordon

As many people find it challenging to pair wines with Asian foods, we went straight to the source for ideas: the menus from the China trade trips we have led with our vintners. What better inspiration than the dishes Chinese chefs themselves have chosen to pair well with Napa Valley wines like Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon?

If you're a take-out kind of person, look for similar items the next time you peruse the menu at your local Chinese restaurant. If you love being adventurous in the kitchen, click through on each item to some similar, well-rated online recipes to help 'spice up' your next meal.

Getting back to the big picture, the GI Status Napa Valley has obtained in China is a huge stepping stone in protecting the integrity of the Napa Valley name in China and beyond. Join us in celebrating by opening up a bottle of Napa Valley wine and enjoying one of these delicious dishes!

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