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    【CNY Wine Pairing】Chinese New Year Snacks & Wine Pairing | Watson's Wine

    Chinese New Year Snacks x Wine Pairing

    New Year

    Savoury Snacks

    The very traditional savoury snacks really remind us of the old times – it’s perfect for us to enjoy with our family with a bottle of sparkling wine, which can cut through the oiliness and make us feel less stuffy.

    A bowl of crispy golden-brown wonton chips on a wooden table for celebrating Chinese New Year

    Pistachio x Nutty Sparkling

    A crisp, refreshing Blanc de Blancs Champagne with fruit purity and savoury complexity can pair well with raw pistachios. It complements the nutty flavour of pistachios and provides an unexpected surprise of enjoyment.

     A traditional Lunar New Year snack tray, featuring pistachios, sunflower seeds, an orange with leaves, and gold chocolate coins, symbolizing prosperity and luck

    Nian Gao x Moscato d’Asti / off-dry Riesling

    To pair with Nian Gao, we need a little bit of sweetness in the wine to balance the sweet flavour in the sticky rice cake. Great examples include Moscato d’Asti and some off-dry Riesling from Germany.

    Chinese New Year sweets platter featuring nian gao (sticky rice cake) on a bamboo steamer

    Turnip Cake x Champagne

    The turnip cakes are usually pan-fried so that they are crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. We may pair them with a sleek and tingling Champagne to offset the oiliness from pan-frying.

    Golden brown turnip cakes, which is a traditional Cantonese dim sum dish

    Crispy Pastry Dumpling / Sesame Cookies x Sauternes

    Made by the extremely rare Noble Rot, the honeyed, dried-fruit characters of Sauternes wine pair well with the deep-fried snacks. It delivers a floral aroma and a sweet palate that can balance the greasy feel of the dish.

    Lunar New Year snack, deep-fried sesame balls and baked curry puffs, with a blurred background

    Sesame Balls x Whisky

    Whisky will be another option for pairing with deep-fried snacks, especially those aged in Sherry barrels. The honey, fruity and nutty palate of these whiskies create interesting chemistry with deep-fried dishes.

    Golden sesame seed balls neatly arranged on a striped ceramic plate with a minimalist white background for Chinese New Year