Vietnamese with Mark Jensen – BOX 1 + 2
This mixed pack contains 8 bottles of wine as listed below and 4 bottles of Beer (330ml) PLUS Cocktail.
Majolini Franciacort Brut Rose ($55.00 – order here)
A Vietnamese 333 beer is a great accompaniment to fresh rice paper rolls (and we’re sending you a couple), but I prefer a glass of sparkling Franciacorta, like the organic brut rosé from Majolini not least because its pretty colour echoes that of the pink prawns in the rolls!
Borgo Magredo Sauvignon Blanc 2019 ($34.00 – order here)
This aromatic sauvignon blanc from Borgo Magredo harmonizes beautifully with the marinade in Mark’s Five-spice Quail, while the balanced acid cuts through the richness really well.
Gooree Park White Fences 2019 ($24 – order here)
You’ll need a fruity wine to match the sweetness of our Caramelized Clay Pot Salmon and this sauvignon blanc from Mudgee works perfectly with its floral notes, fruit-forward palate and dry finish.
Bosca Asti Secco DOCG, 2019 ($16 – order here)
Our classic Vietnamese Coconut Crème Caramel is especially delicious with a glass of this dry sparkling wine from Piemonte, its creamy bead echoes the creamy custard perfectly.
Two x 333 Premium Export Beers ($12 – order here)
Many Vietnamese words are challenging for westerners to pronounce … luckily all you need to say to get a beer is ba ba ba, meaning 333, the name of Vietnam’s best-known beer. Brewed in Ho Chi Minh City using a traditional German lager recipe, 333 was popular with American GIs during the 60s and 70s and is a great way to start your vicarious Vietnamese holiday.
Mekong Sunrise Cocktail for two (RRP $32)
Set the scene for an evening of Vietnamese feasting with our refreshing muddle of poor man’s orange and mint topped with cedro liqueur, vodka and a splash of soda.
Borgo Magredo Pinot Grigio 2019 ($34.00 – order here)
The pinot grigio from Borgo Magredo is a fuller-bodied style than many with good fruit on the nose and palate (think ripe apples and pears) and a pleasant bitter note at the end, which complements the herbs and nuoc mam cham in our bánh xeo so well.
Rocca Montepulciano D’Abbruzzo 2018 ($16.00 – order here)
I love a soft red wine with Vietnam’s lemon-cured beef, something with enough body to meet the sirloin but light enough not to overpower the herbs, the Montepulciano d’Abruzzo from Rocca works a treat!
Vigna del Cristo 2018 Lambrusco di Sorbara DOC ($42 – order here)
Vigna del Cristo, a pale pink Lambrusco from Emilia-Romagna, is an excellent match for the herbs and spices in our stir-fried pork with lemongrass, chilli & garlic.
Seriously Pink ($22)
This pink fortified wine from Rutherglen in Victoria (Australia’s home of fortified’s) is a great match, both in colour and flavour, for the watermelon jelly in our Vietnamese-inspired fruit salad. It’s an intriguing blend of touriga, tinta roriz, shiraz and gewürztraminer.
Saigon Special Beer x2 (RRP $12)
Saigon Special Premium Vietnamese lager the Pride of Vietnam, brewed 100% from natural ingredients: malt, hops, yeast and water. No rice – therefore almost no calories, no added preservatives.The 100% malt formula makes Short Saigon special to the Sabeco’s siblings and all other lagers in Vietnam, with full smooth flavour, sparkling sunrise colour and brewery fresh clarity. Essentials oils of the special hops guarantee Saigon Special’s inimitable flavour and aroma.