This line up of exotic flavors will satisfy your wanderlust for Asian foods without cashing in your frequent flyer miles. As listed in our post Get in Touch with Your Inner Umami, you’ll be using many of the pantry staples listed there.  Cooking the fresh pumpkin or butternut squash in advance is also a time saver. A slow cooker works great for both pumpkin and butternut squash.

(Faux) Shrimp Toast

Spring Rolls, Wontons or Dumplings*

Thai Pumpkin Soup with Coconut Curry

Dale’s Umami Thai Thighs

*Find these items at your local grocer.

Suggested Wines:

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

AROMATIC SWEET and SEMI-SWEET WHITE

Domestic
Texas: Riesling, Chenin Blanc, Gewürztraminer
West Coast: Riesling, Gewürztraminer, Chenin Blanc
Imported
Germany: Riesling, Gewürztraminer
France: Vouvray, Alsace Pinot Gris or Pinot Blanc
Italy: Moscato

FRUITY, LIGHT-BODY RED

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

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