I'm going to dinner tonight at a very classic / rustic Vietnamese restaurant. Their Pho happens to be their specialty.

Which kinds of wines do you like pairing with Vietnamese?

Was thinking of high acid reisling, or an acidic white burg. But I'm also thinking a low-oak cali chard may work.
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Originally posted by TPEwinedrinker:
A no to sake with Vietnamese in my opinion. Certain cuisines I think you try to shoehorn a wine into, when beer is a much better fit. This is one of those instances. If I needed to drink wine, it would be something along the lines of a gruner-veltliner.


true

you wont really taste the sake

it's more of a lubricating factor

well unless you do a nigori sake
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Originally posted by snipes:
g-man - How do you think soju would pair with Pho?


to be honest,

i do beer most of the time.

i rather enjoy the fish sauce taste so i do like sake for that touch of sweetness, but you dont really taste the sake especially if you get something delicate like a ginjo/daiginjo.

as mentioned nigori sake would be fine. the rice flavor is like an extra mouthfeel of the rice vermicelli.

soju, is like vodka taste wise to me. does vodka go well with pho? sure =) but alot of the beverages being thrown around wouldnt make the pho any better. From the suggestions, it sounds like what is the least offensive drink i can find to pair with pho.

i dont like most white wines because specifically of the acidity. I like my pho stock to be rich and hearty, not sweet and sour
Most Vietnamese don't drink while they are eating so the food isn't really created with a drink pairing in mind.

Go for beer if alcoholic (light and clean like a Tiger, Bintang, Sapporo or Heineken) or coconut water or my favorite, lime soda (cane sugar, lime juice and club soda).
Specifically for pho, NV Paul Dethune Rose. Something about that specific Champagne works as well as anything for pho.

More broadly, most dry to spatlese-level sweet central European (Alsace, Germany, Austria) whites will work, though maybe not so much with Muscat/Muskateller. Particular shout-out to Scheurebe from the Pfalz.
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Originally posted by TPEwinedrinker:
A no to sake with Vietnamese in my opinion. Certain cuisines I think you try to shoehorn a wine into, when beer is a much better fit. This is one of those instances. If I needed to drink wine, it would be something along the lines of a gruner-veltliner.
I agree with the Gruner-Veltliner especially for the Pho and lighter dishes. For the more spicy dishes I'd go with a Spatlese level riesling. One of the Gruner's I've liked is from Pichler. Good wine.
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Originally posted by DoubleD:
I'm surprised g-man hasn't suggested white port Ack


holy fuck

i did half a btl of bourbon for lunch and it's hitting me righ tnow ... i think i need to go home early...

Half a bottle of bourbon? Well played sir! Bring that party back to the office!
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Originally posted by TPEwinedrinker:
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Originally posted by g-man:
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Originally posted by DoubleD:
I'm surprised g-man hasn't suggested white port Ack


holy fuck

i did half a btl of bourbon for lunch and it's hitting me righ tnow ... i think i need to go home early...

Half a bottle of bourbon? Well played sir! Bring that party back to the office!


heh 2 doubles of blantons neat
2 tom collins
and 2 pints of beer to chase ;-)

coffee to wake me up
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Originally posted by Danyull:
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Originally posted by g-man:
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Originally posted by Board-O:
the spicier the food, the sweeter the wine.


sounds like you should drink port with vietnamese food ;-)


Thinking about port with Sichuan hotpot made me feel gross inside.


thinking about any wine with any soup made me feel gross =)
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Originally posted by GlennK:


Good Pho is amazing and something I crave often.


+1

After far too many rich meals on our cruise, the first meal my darling wife and I sought in Melbourne was pho. We walked to the Asian restaurant section of the CBD, looked for the place with the lineup, and waited half an hour to get in for a great lunch. My wife had beef broth, I excellent chicken broth, great noodles, perfect lunch. We went back to the same place the next night for dinner. There is something both comforting and satisfying about well-made pho.

And beer, if you have room for it in your belly with the almost-always generous servings of pho.
I agree that beer is the ideal pairing with pho. Especially if you're having Northern-style pho, which is lighter and less garnish-intensive than the Southern-style pho.

My fave brand of beer to have with pho is Beer Lao. Not readily available in the US, though......

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