Mango Sticky Rice and Gewurztraminer Pairing

June 22, 2012

One of the great things about being a wine writer is that I get to discover the most interesting food and wine pairings in some of the most outstanding places in the world. Take one of the most uniquely elegant desserts around ...sticky rice with mango. It just happens to also be vegan and gluten-free. It's delicious served warm. The sticky, aromatic, sweet and slightly salty rice, drenched in coconut milk, and eaten in giant spoonful's with fragrant mango is a treat not to be missed. It pairs wonderfully with Gewurztraminer which displays summery notes of flowers, grapefruit and lychee. How did I learn that? Read on!

One of the best places to learn how to make this dish and how to pair it with wine is at The Wine Artist in Lake Forest, California. The Wine Artist is a boutique winery and event facility specializing in corporate events, private parties and custom labeled wine. The entertainment center has over 2,500 square feet tastefully decorated in a Tuscan theme. It is perfect for hosting private parties, team building, birthday parties, fund raising and charity events.

Owner/Chef Mj Hong incorporates the best part of cooking classes, wine tasting, and bottling wine into party themes such as: Taste of Italy, Taste of Spain, Sushi Party, Taste of France, and Taste of Thailand. This is a truly delicious experience.

Mj has always had a passion for cooking and entertaining. She purchased The Wine Artist 2 years ago creating an energy-charged atmosphere of interactive fun, education and social engagement. Pick a theme and bring your own group or be part of a scheduled class. Either way everyone attending participates in the meal preparation. It's a perfect setting for beginners to want- to-be chefs.

At a recent Taste of Thailand class with 7 other wine and food writers, it was clear to me that lack of cooking skills does not get in the way of having a great time. Less skilled guests peeled and cut carrots for the Spring Rolls, the more experience home chef got involved in the more complicated process of making a curry sauce. Mj's kind guiding hand and constant positive approvals and affirmations keeps the group on track and focused on the end "yum." Cooking classes run from $75 - $95. Whatever you pay, you'll get more than your money's worth. You, like me, will be eagerly anticipating a return.