Welcome to our new series, Wine Pairing Quick Tips. Here you’ll find an easy to read and easy to reference list of which foods pair best with certain varietals. This week we’re focusing on Riesling.
Riesling might be one of the more misunderstood wines. In the U.S. it varies a lot in style, and many produce a very sweet Riesling that has almost become the norm for Riesling style in the U.S. Truth is, Rieslings from Europe are often very minimally sweet, and this wine’s balance of acidity and sweetness actually makes it a very food-friendly option. The thing I love best about Riesling? It balances spice incredibly well, making it a perfect accompaniment to Thai food or other spicy dishes.
Cheese/nust: Havarti, gouda, candied walnuts or pecans
Meat/poultry: smoked sausage, duck, foie gras
Seafood: sea bass, trout
Fruits and Veggies: apricots, chili peppers, pears
Herbs and Spices: rosemary, ginger, Thai or Indian spices
Sauces: BBQ, spicy, chutney
Desserts: apple pie, caramel sauce