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Wine doesnt go with Sichuan? Jim, I don't agree.

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Jason Perlow Feb 21, 2001 10:56 AM

Jim:

Nice writeup of Lion Pavillion, I'll have to check it out the next time I hit queens to visit the relatives.

However I find it interesting that you say that wine does "NOT go with this cuisine". Now personally, and more often than not I tend to drink a bottle or two of Tsingtao with Chinese food, but as Melanie will probably tell you a high acid, low alcohol wine, like say an 8 or 9 percent off-dry Riesling goes fine with asian cuisine, especially spicy food like Sichuan or Thai. Sparkling Riesling, even better.

Now as to whether the wine selections at Lion Pavilion merit matching with their food, thats a different story...

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    Jim Leff Feb 21, 2001 11:37 AM

    Jason--I'm pretty sure they didn't have any 8 or 9 percent off-dry Rieslings on their list!

    There's a wine to go with almost ANYTHING. But, of course as you need to get more and more arcane and specific to find matches (in a place without a major league cellar and that's not BYO), the further from the realm of practical matchability you get.

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      Jason Perlow Feb 21, 2001 01:53 PM

      Well, then what you -should- have said "there's nothing on their wine list that goes with this cuisine". Thats entirely different than saying nothing at all will.

      Of course... you may have a point. After eating an entire weeks worth of jerk in Jamaica, I am almost confident Red Stripe, Ting and ginger beer are the only things that match.

      But you gotta love that 21 year old Appleton Rum though.

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        Jim Leff Feb 21, 2001 02:03 PM

        "Well, then what you -should- have said "there's nothing on their wine list that goes with this cuisine". Thats entirely different than saying nothing at all will."

        Maybe, but if I can be permitted to retreat to my earlier point....

        While there are wines that can match spicy Sichuan food if you really really work at it--AND if some very particular wines are available--it's always going to be something of a desperation maneuver to forcibly bring these disparate sides together. And while the result may be a utilitarian truce, I'd generally choose to surrender and drink beer or tea.

        Note that I'm not saying this about all Chinese cuisine....me and Melanie's friend Dave Sit has firmly convinced me that wine and Cantonese match beautifully, and without a lot of fuss.

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