I love BYOB Thai and Indian restaurants…
…and I’ve asked owners what clients bring in to drink.They tell me junk california commercial plonk like blackstone merlot or barefoot white zin. We spent years doing summer wine dinners with Thai Gourmet in Port Jefferson Station of Thai House in Smithtown with great German and Autrian pairings. The natural acidity, low alcohol and low or no tannins and wood aging make them beautiful with the sweet/sour, hot/sour, salty characteristics of the food. there are also a wide range flavors and seasoning from lemon grass, lime, basil, curry, peanut, coconut milk, tamarind etc… These go extremely well with the right Reislings, Gruners, Gewurztraminers, Pinot Gris and even Teutonic reds like Blaufrankisch and Dornfelder. Experiment with a few different bottles the next time you and your friends go to a byob Thai place. bring a range from dry to sweet and white to red. Just as it is fun to share dishes and try a little of everything it is fun to try different wine pairings. Here are some fun wines we carry at Mora’s that are worth a try.
SOME OF OUR FAVORITE WINES TO PAIR
HUGEL GEWURZTRAMINER– Vinous 91 points – Bright straw-gold. Delicate but enticing aromas of pineapple, marzipan, sweet spices and grapefruit nectar, plus a touch of smoky grilled nuts that complements rather than overwhelms the wine.
GERTIE & MAX – The Gutedel grape, also known as Chasselas, is a local specialty in Germany, Switzerland and Alsace. A gentle, dry, pale-colored, aromatically nutty wine for cheeses, cream sauces, baked seafood and fondue.
MARCEL DEISS ALSACE – Cépages composed of Pinot Blanc, Riesling, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Muscat, Gewurztraminer and Sylvaner. Wine without chaptalisation, neither structural changes for acidity.
DORNFELDER – A very tasty, powerful wine of pronounced aroma and rich dark red color. It has a delicious flavor of cherries, red berries and plums with decent, smooth tannins. Its sweetness is pleasant and harmonic, which makes it enjoyable for lovers of not too dry wines.
T 26 GRUNER – The T26 is a pale gold color with aromas of green melon and ripe citrus. The palate is dry with the smallest hint of an oily texture, and is dominated by minerals, yellow apples, and white pepper. The finish is long and deliciously refreshing!