Chinese New Year: 2023, the year of the Water Rabbit

This year, the Chinese New Year, or Lunar New Year, will be celebrated on January 22, 2023. Under the sign of the Water Rabbit, it would be calm and harmonious.

Unlike in the West where we only celebrate the day we enter the new year, the Chinese New Year lasts 15 full days of festivities and ends with the famous Lantern Festival.

This is the ideal opportunity to taste cuisine that is particularly suited to Alsace wines: Asian cuisine. We have prepared some pairings for you, both with white wine and red wine which, contrary to some preconceived ideas, can perfectly accompany a number of specialties ranging from Thailand to the Land of the Rising Sun...

As a starter, you will certainly be tempted by spring rolls, samosas or other donuts. To accompany seafood specialties, one of our new products is particularly suitable: le Rangenberg, a blend of Riesling and Pinot Gris, both fresh and ample. For spicier bites, the Gewurztraminer l’Effrontée, dry, fresh and spicy, will tame the spicy side.

Nothing like a soup for the rest of the meal, or a broth accompanied by meat which can be served as a starter as well as a main course.
Chinese soups, made up of many ingredients (broths, noodles, vegetables, meats, seafood, spices, etc.), are always full of great flavors, so a Pinot Noir is ideal.

The Pinot Noir Stierkopf, light and fruity, will be the best ally to accompany your soup. If it is meat-based, do not hesitate to combine it with Pinot Noir Cuvée Frédéric and its supple tannins.

For dishes based on fish or seafood, cooked with miso or soy sauce, choose a dry, mineral white wine like Riesling Lieu-Dit Stierkopf where the Riesling Christine.

Sushi and sashimi lovers will not be left out. The astonishing agreement with the Cremant Blanc de Noirs, with an assertive structure, or the finesse and freshness of the bubbles of Crémant Brut Chardonnay, and raw fish or raw seafood will awaken your taste buds. The salinity of the Crémants will prolong the iodized flavor and aromas.

For spicy or sauced dishes, caramelized or sweet and sour meats, why not try a semi-dry or sweet white wine. We offer you the Gewurztraminer Excellence, its sweetness and peppery notes will blend perfectly with the identical flavors of this type of dish. For the most curious and lovers of discovery, the Pinot Gris Barrique, with woody aromas and a finely tannic structure, will contrast with the sweetness of the dish and refresh the mouth.

And for the most daring among you, don’t hesitate to combine the Pinot Noir Altitude 333 with a distinguished dish such as Peking duck or “crying tiger” beef.

To finish on a sweet note, accompany coconut balls, banana fritters or a nice fruit salad with the low walls whose aromatic structure is reminiscent of pear, mirabelle plum, pineapple and elderflower. This accord will bring lightness and freshness, welcome at the end of the meal.

To digest all this, it is traditional to finish the meal with a digestive.

For this, the most oriental of our eaux-de-vie is ideal: the Winn Tchin, with aromas of juniper berries, ginger and Sichuan pepper, will be a little touch of originality for this end of the menu.

You are now ready to end the year of the tiger, and properly celebrate the arrival of the water rabbit.

ting fu kuài le !