Pairing wine with Ginger spiced dishes isn’t overly difficult. If the ginger is combined with white meat and vegetables, any sort of aromatic white works well, such as a Gewurztraminer, Sauvignon Blanc, Voignier, or Riesling. A buttery Chardonnay works well too, as the butter flavours and ginger combined come across as a rich piece of gingerbread. Kendall Jackson Vintage Reserve, J. Lohr, Flat Rock Cellars, and La Crema are four great examples of Chardonnay that have buttery characteristics and will go great with ginger flavours.
For desserts, such as gingerbread, any sweet wine will work well. Our favourites being a Muscat de Beaumes de Venise or Orange Muscat. Late harvest wines work great, especially a Gewurztraminer or Riesling. Finally, a palate-cleansing Sparkling Wine will mesh quite nicely with any ginger dessert.
Beer and Ginger Pairings
With ginger sweets, you have to be a little careful as ginger is volatile, and it can become overwhelming. We find ginger sweets, such as a gingerbread man, or ginger cookies are delicious with nut-brown ales, stouts, or a coffee flavoured beer. Any beer with a malty backbone will hold up well to ginger.
What Not to Drink with Ginger
We recommend never drinking an Indian Pale Ale with Ginger. This hoppy beer can end up tasting like soap when paired with ginger desserts.