Kick off a weekend with family and friends Aloha Friday style!  Serve up popular combinations of Asian dishes for which you would be paying a Franklin or more in most restaurants.  Everyone can participate in preparing this family-style meal.  Each guest contributes ingredients for a dish from the menu and brings a wine to match.  Don’t forget to add your favorite heat level to any of these recipes.

Dello Macho Miso Soup

(Faux) Shrimp Toast

Umami Lettuce Wraps

Crazy Good Noodle Stir Fry

Suggested Wines:

CHAMPAGNE & SPARKLING

Domestic
Look for Methode Champenoise or Traditional Method stated on the label. Another option is Pét-Nat (pétillant naturel) wine, produced in the artisanale or rurale style.
Imported
France: Champagne, Cremant
Germany: Sekt
Italy: Asti, Prosecco
Spain: Cava

CRISP, DRY WHITE or ROSÉ

Domestic
Texas: Albarino, Trebbiano, Picpoul Blanc, Pinot Grigio, Rosé
West Coast: Sauvignon Blanc, Fume Blanc, Rosé
Imported
Argentina: Torrontes, Sauvignon Blanc, Rosé
Austria: Gruner Veltliner
France: Chablis, white Bordeaux, Sancerre, Muscadet, Petit Manseng, Picpoul Blanc, Rosé
Germany: Dry Riesling
Italy: Pinot Grigio, Pinot Bianco, Frascati, Trebbiano, Vernaccia, Garganega (Soave), Orvieto, Gewurztraminer
Portugal: Vinho Verde (Blanc or Rosé)
South Africa: Chenin Blanc, Rosé
Spain: Albarino, Verdejo, Godello, Viura, Rosé

UNOAKED, MEDIUM-BODIED WHITE

Domestic
Texas: Vermentino, Semillon, Chardonnay
West Coast: Pinot Gris, Fume Blanc, Chardonnay
Imported
Austria: Gruner Veltliner
France: Chablis, Macon Village/Saint-Véran, Alsace Pinot Blanc, Picpoul Blanc
Italy: Vermentino, Verdicchio, Fiano, Greco, Cortese (Gavi)
New Zealand: Sauvignon Blanc

FULLER-BODIED, RICH WHITE

Domestic
Texas: Roussanne, Vermentino, Chardonnay
West Coast: Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Viognier
Imported
France: white Bordeaux, Puligny-Montrachet, Chassagne-Montrachet, Charlemagne, Marsanne, Viognier, Roussanne, Alsace Pinot Gris
Italy: Chardonnay

FRUITY, LIGHT-BODY RED
Domestic
Texas: Ruby Cab, Dolcetto
West Coast: Pinot Noir
Imported
France: Beaujolais, Côtes du Ventoux, Gamay
Spain: Tempranillo

Postscript: Cooking and entertaining with friends means that you should be alert to ingredients that commonly cause food-related health issues. One such ingredient, monosodium glutamate (MSG), is a trigger food for those who suffer from migraine headaches. It’s widely used in many Asian sauces — both bottled and powdered forms. Read all labels carefully and avoid items with MSG. You may need to check your local Asian ethnic market or a health-conscious food store for MSG-free versions. ~ Cat

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