What does "pale" in "pale dry sherry mean"?
I'm guessing that "pale" doesn't refer to color, because many sherries are already pale yellow?
In Chinese cooking, rice wine is often used as a seasoning to cover up certain unwanted flavors, like fishiness from seafood. Shaoxing wine, from Zhejiang Province, is a famous high-quality rice wine used for both cooking and drinking. Chinese rice wines sold for cooking are available in Chinese grocery stores. Chinese cooking wines are salted so don't use them as a table wine. An excellent, and often used, substitute is pale dry sherry.