Olea Mediterranean Restaurant at Meliá Yangon


South-east Asian food can be a real challenge for those looking to pair their favorite local fare with a nice bottle of wine.  With chili  being such an important part of the food in this region, I am often asked  what  wines  I recommend when eating spicy food. When   pairing   wines   with spicy   foods,   we   need to understand   one   very   important element of   the dish – heat. Many people I   speak   to generally perceive Shiraz to be a great match under the thinking of powerful and spicy wine, must match powerful and spicy food” While the concept followsthe general rules of wine pairing – “match  flavors  with  flavors”,  the downfall  is  the  alcohol  content in  Shiraz – especially  those  from  Australia.


  Alcohol is inherently hot, and by adding this to analready fiery mouth.The burning   sensation of the food becomes amplified by the alcohol, offering you norespite from the attack your palate is under.

I believe someof the best pairing for the spicy dishes in theregion can be found in the “aromatic” section of the wine listat Olea Mediterranean Restaurant.  Medium-sweet Rieslingsare a place to start, as too is Gewürztraminer due toits aromatic profile matching that flavors of the region.

  The lower alcohol content these varietals often have,combined with the chilled serving temperature and residual sugar do a great job of taming the fire in your mouth, while the aromatic palette will generally enhance underlying flavors.
For those of you who really want to stick with  red wines – stay clear of tannic, high alcohol varietals such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz, and look to  Beaujolais or  Zinfandel for your fix.Their lower tannin content will rein in bitterness and bring out some great nuances of your dish.
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Theingi Htun is a journalist who worked for two years at Yangon Times Journal and Flower News. She also worked for two years at Democracy Today News as Senior Journalist. She wrote many articles about culture, the travel sector and lifestyle stories too. Now she is working at My Magical Myanmar as a travel writer and social media executive."


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