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Pairing Wine With Pad Thai

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Pad Thai is a wonderfully fresh and flavourful dish, one that deserves some great fresh and flavourful wines to go with it! It’s a dish that needs a wine with enough fruit, flavor and fun to not be overpowered by intense flavor and spice. So we need wines with plenty of punchy acid, ripe fruit, and just a touch of sweetness to help with that spice. 

Wine Characteristics To Pair With Pad Thai

Characteristic Detail
Sweetness Dry/Off dry
Acidity High
Tannins Low 
Body Aromatic and fruity whites, Light and juicy reds
Tasting Notes Citrus, tropical, green fruit, ripe berries

The effect of these characteristics on pad thai are going to change a lot depending on how spicy you like your dish, but in general, a touch of sweetness is going to help with the heat. High acidity will cut through all the different flavors and textures, so you can enjoy the wine just as much as the food. Low tannins will keep the freshness of the pad thai front and center because the textures won’t be affected by tannins drying your mouth out. Pad thai needs a wine with flavor, presence and freshness.

Best Red Wine To Drink With Pad Thai

Juicy and fun red wines are going to bring some bouncy berry and red fruit flavors to your noodles. So if you want a bouquet of bright red fruit and berries with your pad thai, reds might be the way to go!

Beaujolais Villages / Beaujolais Nouveaux 

Busting with raspberry, red cherry, strawberry, and sometimes even banana, Beaujolais brings the bounce, and a lot of fun.

Pinot Noir

One of the most versatile grapes in the world, a cool climate pinot noir is going to deliver some more earthy flavors, with hints of forest floor, blackberry, cherry and violets. Pinot Noir is a little more robust, but pairs less consistently with pad thai.

Best White Wine To Drink With Pad Thai

White wine delivers on crisp acid, and clean fruit flavors that will really heighten your pad thai experience.

German Riesling

A bright German Riesling would pair really well. Crisp apple and pear flavors, with a really intense nose, it certainly won’t get overpowered by the dish. The famous petrol scent in riesling paris fantastically with a nutty pad thai.

Sauvignon Blanc

New Zealand sauvignon blanc is going to bring a little less acidity and a great touch of sweetness that will accent your pad thai, and take down the heat a little. The big tropical flavors of a good New Zealand sauvignon blanc will bring some laid-back beach vibes that will make you crave a trip to Thailand.

Best Wine To Drink With Pad Thai

We think that the best wines are going to be German Riesling, New Zealand sauvignon blanc, Beaujolais Villages and pinot noir. If the Pad Thai is spicy, it would be best to choose a slightly sweet wine to balance the spiciness in the dish.

  • German Riesling
  • New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc
  • Beaujolais Villages
  • Pinot Noir