Best Chinese Food and Wine Matcher

Nick Liang

If you're a Chinese-food freak and love a good glass of wine, sommelier Nick Liang of Uncle Yu's at the Vineyard is your man. Nick's mantra is to match with the sauce, not the sauced. Depending on the flavorings, you may be better off drinking a red with the fish and a white with the beef. And, no offense, his recommendation is not likely to come from California. Nick is more likely to fix you up with something from Germany, Alsace, the Loire Valley, or the Rhone. Uncle Yu's specializes in (mildly) spicy Szechwan cuisine, and, in his opinion, California's high-alcohol, oaky stuff just doesn't flatter the flavors. On the other hand, he'll tell you that German wines are just about the best for pan-Asian foods. Half the fun of dining at Uncle Yu's at the Vineyard is Nick's offbeat wine list, something shared with a sister restaurant in Lafayette. But if you want tableside service from the master, you'll have to make the trek to Livermore.
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