2024 Lunar New Year : 4 Suggestions for Food and Wine Pairing
As the Lunar New Year approaches, it's a time for festivities, family gatherings, and indulging in delicious food. We present 4 delightful food and wine pairing suggestions to enhance your Lunar New Year celebration and impress your family and friends during this auspicious time.
粵式清蒸海魚 — 「年年有餘」
Chinese Steamed Fish — "May there be bounty every year"
Lunar New Year Price: HKD 280
要搭配如此細緻鮮嫩的蒸魚，建議選取清香優雅並帶有礦物味的白葡萄酒，例如來自法國Chablis區的La Chablisienne Chablis 1er Cru Vaillons 2017，此酒散發白花、煙熏桃子、青蘋果和青檸皮的香氣，帶礦物味，酒體絲滑，酒味優雅生動。葡萄酒的果香可襯托出薑蔥味魚肉的鮮嫩，而魚肉和蒸魚醬油的鹹香也可提升Chablis的礦物味，使酒更富層次。
Chablis區有40個不同的一級田（1er Cru），Vaillons是較為著名的一級田之一，這葡萄園的土壤由石灰石和黏土組成，賦予了葡萄酒獨特的礦物質風味。1er Cru Vaillons的葡萄酒往往具有良好的結構，口感豐富有層次，結構優雅和持久的餘韻。
Chinese Steamed Fish is a traditional must-have dish often served during reunion dinners or the New Year's Eve feast. Since "Fish" (魚) is played on word on "Yu" (餘), with an implied meaning of an abundance of wealth and prosperity.
While steamed fish may seem like a simple dish, it requires precision in ingredient selection and heat/time control. With minimal seasonings, it allows the freshness and smoothness of the fish to shine, making it a popular choice in Cantonese cuisine.
To complement this dish, an elegant and mineral white wine is recommended like “La Chablisienne Chablis 1er Cru Vaillons 2017”. This wine offers aromas of white flowers, smoked peach, green apple, and lime peels. It has a silky texture, mineral flavours, and a sense of elegance and finesse. The fruity aromas of the wine beautifully enhance the freshness of the fish and match with the ginger and spring onion flavours. Moreover, the wine's minerality pairs wonderfully with the savoury notes of the steamed fish soy sauce.
There are 40 different 1er Cru vineyards in the Chablis region, and Vaillons is one of the more prestigious 1er Cru vineyards. the soils in this vineyard are made up of limestone and clay, which gives the wines their distinctive mineral flavours. the wines of 1er Cru Vaillons tend to be well-structured, with a rich, layered palate, elegant structure and a long, lingering finish.
盆菜 — 「豐衣足食」
Poon Choi — "Having ample food and clothing"
盆菜是一道薈萃百菜百味，共冶一爐的菜餚，若要配搭葡萄酒，建議選取以果香為主打但酒體較輕盈的紅葡萄酒，簡單清新的酒味更能夠平衡盆菜豐富的風味。「BLANKBottle My Koffer, 2021」以新鮮草莓和櫻桃香氣為主導，柔和的口感和清爽的果味，容易配搭盆菜中的各類食材並有解膩的作用，清新易飲；其釀酒師Pieter Walser形容為「令人有初戀感覺的葡萄酒」！
Poon Choi, originating from the Hakka people of Walled Villages in the New Territories of Hong Kong, is indeed a traditional festival meal with a unique layering of ingredients. The specific pattern of layering ensures that the flavours and sauces flow down to the bottom layers, allowing them to be fully absorbed. Lighter flavour ingredients such as pigskin and dried bean curd sticks are placed on the bottom layer. On the top, meat, seafood and expensive ingredients like abalone and sea cucumber are added.
When enjoying Poon Choi, it is important to follow proper manners and be polite. Instead of stirring everything up or randomly picking up food with chopsticks, it is recommended to eat the dish layer by layer. Typically, one starts with the freshest seafood, chicken, and prawns at the top, and then progresses to the next layer, such as radish and pigskin, until reaching the bottom of the dish. This way, the sauce can fully interact with and enhance the flavours of each layer, showcasing the unique and rich flavours of Poon Choi.
As for the wine pairing, a fruity and light- to medium-bodied red wine like "BLANKBottle My Koffer, 2021" is suggested. This particular wine has an aroma of strawberries and cherries, a soft texture, and fruity flavours. It complements the various ingredients in Poon Choi and creates a balance between the acidity in wine and the fatty elements, providing a refreshing drinking experience. The winemaker, Pieter Walser, describes it as "a wine with all the emotions connected to a first love!"
BLANKBottle My Koffer, 2021
Lunar New Year Price:
HKD 160 (750ML)
HKD 350 (1500ML)
HKD 1,000 (3000ML)
My Koffer 除了標準的750毫升，還有大瓶裝1500毫升和3000毫升的選擇，適合不同大小的聚會。強烈建議飲用前稍微冷凍，味道更佳。
BLANKBottle My Koffer, 2021" is available in standard 750 ml bottles, as well as large formats of 1500 ml and 3000 ml, making it suitable for parties of all sizes. To fully appreciate its flavour, it is recommended to slightly chill the wine before serving.
燒味拼盤 — 「五福臨門」
Siu Mei Platter — "Five blessings in a row"
Lunar New Year Price: HKD 420
來自法國布根地（Burgundy）Joannes Violot Guillemard 酒莊的Pommard en Brescul 2019，其香料、鮮甜漿果和玫瑰花瓣的芬芳能為燒味的香、脆、嫩增色不少，酒體適中至飽滿，口感柔順，明亮活潑，餘韻悠長。
“Siu Mei” is one of the beloved local foods in Hong Kong, and it holds the symbolic meaning of "Five blessings in a row." Delicate barbecued pork with honey sauce, crispy suckling pig, and roasted goose with melty fat tender and juicy meat are all perfect to pair with Pinot Noir wines.
Joannes Violot Guillemard Pommard en Brescul 2019 from Burgundy of France, is an excellent choice for wine pairing with “Siu Mei”. The wine's scents of spices, berry fruit, and rose can beautifully enhance the flavours of the “Siu Mei”. Its medium- to full-bodied nature, along with its lively and bright taste, can elevate the overall dining experience. The sapid finish of the wine leaves a lasting impression.
Pinot Noir wines are indeed popular worldwide and known for their elegance and versatility. The grape variety itself is small and has thin skin, which contributes to its refined flavours. The soft-textured nature of Pinot Noir wines allows them to captivate the palate without being overpowering, making them an excellent choice for pairing with flavorful dishes like “Siu Mei”.
笑口棗 — 「笑口常開」
Sesame Cookie Balls — "Happiness will always be with you"
Lunar New Year Price: HKD 250
農曆新年親戚朋友互訪拜年時，常以笑口棗作為小食招呼客人，炸芝麻香加上口感外酥內鬆軟，無人不喜其甜香滋味。油炸時粉糰會因高溫而裂開，外觀與笑容十分相似，加上其漂亮的金黃色，寓意笑口常開和財源滾滾，搭配大氣的金黃色香檳Bruno et Christiane Olivier Reserve Brut更添喜慶！
Bruno et Christiane Olivier的Reserve Champagne NV主要由霞多麗(Chardonnay）葡萄釀製而成，清新優雅，具柑橘、梨子和青蘋果的芬芳，帶有豐富的熱帶水果氣息和綿密的氣泡，口感清爽， 適中的酸度與賀年小點心互為襯托，相得益彰，是皆大歡喜的味道。
Sesame Cookie Balls are a delightful snack often enjoyed during Lunar New Year gatherings, as they provide a tasty treat while family and friends chat and celebrate. These crispy balls have a slightly sweet flavour, with a crispy exterior and a fluffy interior. The aroma of sesame adds to their appeal, making them a favourite among everyone.
The cracks of the dough ball, due to deep-frying, resemble a big smile. The beautiful golden colour of the crispy balls is also symbolic, representing happiness and prosperity in the new year. The same golden-coloured Champagne Bruno et Christiane Olivier Reserve Brut is an excellent choice. The champagne is primarily made from Chardonnay which contributes to its rich tropical fruit flavours and elegant aromas of citrus, pears, and green apples, the freshness is highlighted by the dense bubbles.
The medium acidity of this Champagne complements the traditional snacks, allowing the sesame aroma and slightly sweet taste of the cookie balls to shine through. It creates a delightful pairing that can be enjoyed by all.
All wines are available on Madison Wine website.
所有葡萄酒均可在Madison Wine 網站上購買。