Happy Lunar New Year! Year of the Dog.
We’re celebrating the Lunar New Year with some karma friendly foods so you can eat and drink your way into an auspicious year.
Certain dishes can be eaten at this time of year to bring good fortune, wealth, health and longevity for the year ahead. And paired with lusty, golden whites and bold, lucky reds, you’re sure to welcome prosperity.
Here’s our top lucky food and wine pairings...
Fish represents prosperity, and eating fish throughout Chinese New Year encourages the surplus of this prosperity. Not only is the type of food important to bring good luck, but also the way in which the food is served and eaten. For example, there should always be some fish left over, as this represents there being a surplus in profit and prosperity each new year. It is also considered good luck if the two people sitting at the head and the tail of the fish drink at the same time. (This one may take practice, we recommend keeping some extra bottles on hand!)
Fish cooked in any style pairs well with most varieties of white wine. We particularly recommend the Handpicked Regional Selections Clare Valley Riesling, as the light, crisp and fruity palate pairs well with Asian style fish dishes, especially it there's spicy kick to it as well.
Check out a delicious recipe for steamed fish from the clever team at China Sichuan Foods.
Longevity noodles represents happiness and longevity and is a classic for both Chinese New Year and birthday celebrations. Their length are also symbolic of the eater's life. They are longer than normal noodles and uncut, either fried and served on a plate, or boiled and served in a bowl with their broth. While enjoying the noodles, try not to break off the noodle you are picking up, since the longer it is, the longer it suggests your life will be.
Pair your longevity noodles with a Handpicked Regional delle Venezie Pinot Grigio. Its fresh fruit flavours, crisp acid and rich texture make it a great wine to pair with spicy or rich foods. It will work well with both stir fry or broth style longevity noodles. Now you have food that brings health and longevity and wine that is good for the soul. A perfect way to start the new Lunar Year.
Here’s the recipe for a tasty and simple longevity noodles that you can make at home.
As a classic Chinese dining staple, dumplings represent wealth. The best part - according to legend, the more dumplings you eat during the New Years celebrations, the more wealth you are inviting into your life. Challenge accepted. To serve, dumplings should always be arranged in lines instead of circles, as circles of dumplings imply that one's life will continually go round in circles, never going anywhere. Except back for another dumpling.
While you’re at it, make sure you have a glass of Handpicked Collection Central Otago Pinot Noir. A light-bodied red wine such as Pinot Noir is so versatile, and will be the perfect companion for any style of dumplings, whether filled with mince meat, shrimp or finely chopped vegetables.
Try to make dumplings at home! Apparently this is the ONLY dumpling recipe you’ll ever need in your life. We’re sold.