Wine and Thai Food

Spicy chicken with toasted rice, smoked salmon with lime dressing and lemongrass, pomelo salad with crispy shallots, and grilled shrimp satay with peanut sauce.

Spicy chicken with toasted rice, smoked salmon with lime dressing and lemongrass, pomelo salad with crispy shallots, and grilled shrimp satay with peanut sauce.

Wine experts in Bangkok spend countless hours debating which wines and grape varieties best complement Thai cuisine.  Thai appetizers and main dishes that capture the five flavors (spicy, sour, salty, sweet and bitter) in both subtle and bold ways often pair well with aromatic white grape varieties. Top choices include Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Semillon Chardonnay, Shiraz and Sauvignon Blanc, though some Pinot Noir and Cabernet Merlot wines can work too.

Some specialty food and wine stores that carry WATCHAREE’S sauces in the Portland area have recommended wines that pair well with Thai food. Please let us know your favorite wines with Thai food.


Cinquante-Cinq Viognier, 2013

“Here at Aurora Provisions we love Watcharee's traditional Thai Peanut Sauce. The sauce is great drizzled over grilled fish, simmered with chicken, or tossed with local tofu and vegetables! As with most things, Thai Peanut Sauce gets better when paired with wine. We suggest pairing it with a glass of Cinquante-Cinq Viognier, 2013, from the Languedoc region of France. This medium bodied white wine has enough strength to hold its own, but is still elegant and sophisticated. You'll find hints of salt and minerality in this wine that playfully bring out notes of lime, lemongrass and rich crushed peanuts that are so delicately layered in Watcharee's Thai Peanut Sauce. We highly recommend pairing the two!”

Colleen Callahan, Wine Buyer, Aurora Provisions, Portland, ME


 Bastgen Riesling Kabinett

This wine is bright and fresh with excellent minerality.  The honeyed sweetness is balanced by notes of stone fruits and good acidity and goes well with Thai food.”

 Thomas Daly, Wine & Gourmet Manager, Browne Trading Market, Portland, ME


Foris Gewurztraminer

“Our pick for WATCHAREE’S delicious Thai sauces is Foris Gewurztraminer from Rogue Valley Oregon.  It is a dry Gewurztraminer with aromas of rose petals and citrus with flavors of pineapple and quince.  The spicy cardamom and nutmeg will complement WATCHAREE’s thai sauces very well!”

Susan Grenier, Wine and Beer Buyer, Le Roux Kitchen, Portland, ME


 Hobo Grenache 2012

This is a very complex, yet soft and lush bottle of California Grenache.  Great acidity and minerality balance ripe fruit and richness.  It is both easy drinking and thought-provoking and a great red wine to pair with Thai food.

Daniel C. Roche, General Manager, Rosemont Market & Bakery, Portland, ME