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Filipino Ceviche Kinilaw

Filipino Ceviche

Filipino Ceviche Kinilaw is a raw fish and seafood salad, marinated in citrus (calamansi) and vinegar.

Pairing Suggestions

Citrus + vinegar based Ceviche

Sauvignon Blanc (World)
Riesling (Germany)
Albariño (Spain)
Vinho Verde (Portugal)
Verdicchio (Italy)
Pinot Grigio (Italy)

Other Excellent Alternatives

Champagne (France)
Cava (Spain)
Metodo Classico (Italy)
Sekt (Germany)


Kinilaw is not a dish but a process, it means to "cook" without heat through the use of a high acidic marinade made of citrus and vinegar.

The tartness (acidity) is provided by local fruits with a high quantity of ascorbic acid such calamansi, kamias, tamarind, green mangoes and by Cane Vinegar.

Filipino-style Ceviche Kinilaw tastes more ginger and calamansi while the South American Ceviche tastes more cilantro and lime.

Filipinos love "acidic food" and the wine should be a step higher in acidity so as not to taste flat.

The white wines above have lot of acidity and citrusy taste. They create a perfect pairing.

Avoid Reds!

The high content of iron in red wines is responsible for the unpleasant Metallic Taste and Fishy Aftertaste.

Even worse if lemon and citrus are presents.

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