What are the best wines for Thai takeout?

a spicy and sparkling wine night in

In case you needed a to do list for your weekend… here it is:

  • order Thai takeout
  • pair it with wine (see below for the best wines for Thai food!)
  • watch the new Apple TV+ series, ‘Ted Lasso’
Fresh rolls at Thai Lao in Myrtle Beach

Best Wines for Thai Food

Wine Folly is the best source for all things wine. The Wine Folly book is the best book to learn about wine, in my opinion. Wine Folly recommends, “If Thai cuisine is all about harmony, an off-dry Riesling is a welcome addition to the chorus. It’s almost too perfect: dynamite tropical fruit flavors with acidity and sweetness to cut the spice.”

If you’re not in the mood for a Riesling, there are plenty of excellent wines for Thai food.

Campo viejo cava

Try a Sparkling

Here’s a $10 sparkling for Thai takeout: Campo Viejo Cava. Sparkling wine handles spicy Thai food like Ted Lasso handles adversity: it balances with bubbly personality. You’ll taste the citrus and crisp apple in the Cava until the curry from your Thai takes over.

More wines to try:

  • Chenin Blanc or Sauvignon Blanc which are mild, crisp, and light
  • Sparkling Rosé will compliment the nutty flavors of pad Thai
  • Reisling is a little bit to sweet balance out spicy dishes
  • Pinot Noir is an excellent choice for a slightly sweet and savory dish like Pad MaMa

Where to order Thai takeout

Everyone knows to go to Thai Lao if you’re in the mood for Thai food in Myrtle Beach. When I find a dish at a restaurant that I love, your chances of convincing me to order something new is about a 2 on a scale of 1 – 100. But I did it last weekend. I gritted my teeth and said “mixed vegetable stir-fry with chicken, and could you make it spicy please?” instead of my years-old, tried-and-true Chicken Gang Dang order. I was floored. It was amazing. It’s possible that I’ll order it again, but I think I’ll have to go twice in one week to alleviate the order anxiety I’ll face trying to decide between the two. And I snuck bites from Will’s Pad MaMa. It’s also delicious, and he’ll have to go with me so I don’t have a complete meltdown trying to choose between three dishes.

So there you have it: a spicy and sparkling wine night in, starring Thai takeout and an affordable Cava 🥂

PS – Thai Lao is one of my top 20 must-try restaurants in Myrtle Beach

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