Best Option: Riesling

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. There are even some Rieslings that feature jasmine in their bouquet! Plus, if you’re sensitive to heat, the low ABV will ensure the fire doesn’t get too out of control.

Great Alternatives

So, maybe you’re anti-Riesling. Fortunately for you, there are plenty of alternatives. There are even a few reds that work well if you’re not all that into white wines.

Pinot Gris/Pinot Grigio

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Chenin Blanc

Inherently sweet, with medium-high acidity, Chenin Blanc-based wines were born to pair with Thai cuisine. Seek out dry, off-dry, and sweet examples for an especially flavorful combination.

Grüner Veltliner

Light, zesty, and acidic food deserves a light, zesty, and acidic wine.

Sparkling Rosé

We love pairing Sparkling Rosé with one dish in particular (found below), but fizz, fruits, and sweetness play nicely with all kinds of popular Thai dishes.

Pinot Noir

Fruit-forward and acidic characteristics aren’t limited to just white wines. If you can’t stand any of the above, Pinot Noir will be your godsend.