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What wine goes with Ethiopian food?

asked by leensmith59 almost 3 years ago
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Kristen W.

Kristen W. is a trusted home cook.

added almost 3 years ago

A traditional accompaniment to Ethiopian food would be tej, a kind of Ethiopian mead or honey wine. I googled it and found some recipes, but didn't see any online retailers that sell it. Perhaps you could call a local Ethiopian restaurant and ask where you might procure some?

added almost 3 years ago

Tej is delicious (I made it at home, so I'm not sure where you would find it), but you could also use a nice, floral white wine such as an Argentinian torrontés. I would go with an acidic and bright white wine.

added almost 3 years ago

If you live in a community with a fairly sizable Ethiopian population you will likely find tej at a liquor store (or supermarket if they sell wine there). Yum.

added almost 3 years ago

If you are making Doro wot I will be over with a couple a bottles in a few lol jk

added almost 3 years ago

Depends on what you're having - if your wine selection is fairly traditional, consider the ingredients in your food and pair accordingly. The only time I ate Ethiopian food it was a meat stew of some kind with a dipping bread, and it was served with the very spicy sauce Berbere. At the time I didn't drink wine that much, but thinking back I would have gone with a strong red with peppery notes, starting with a Cabernet Sauvignon or a Montepulciano. But - rule of thumb with wine is always GO WITH WHAT YOU LIKE1


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added almost 3 years ago

Since the Ethiopian food I've enjoyed was pretty spicy, I'd be choosing a low alcohol/high acid wine such as off-dry Riesling or maybe even some Gewurztraminers. Albarino might work as well. If you want red wine, perhaps a Pinot Noir from Alsace or Germany (called Spatburgunder there).