Food & Riesling
Riesling is an exceptionally versatile wine for food pairing because of its balance of sugar and acidity. It can be paired with cuisines as varied as European, Mexican, Middle Eastern, Asian and Fusion.
Riesling can pair with some of the most obscure combinations of foods and one should experiment with adventurous Riesling pairings. Below is a table that captures some of the most classic pairings and suggestions for some bolder ones:
|Riesling Style||Classic Pairings||More Adventurous Pairings|
|Dry below 9 g/L RS||Seafood, pasta, veal, pork chops, goat cheese, sushi/sashimi||Cold cuts, charcuterie, dim sum, soft shell crab|
|Medium Sweet 9-50 g/L RS||Fish with beurre blanc, sashimi, soft rind cheeses, BBQ chicken, crab cakes||Falafel, clam chowder, moo shoo pork, pad thai, samosas, savory soufflés|
|Sweet 50-100 g/L RS||Gorgonzola/blue cheeses, spicy fare (Mexican, Middle Eastern, Thai, Indian…)||Curries, Cajun shrimp, Caribbean cuisine|
|Dessert Style Above 120 g/L RS||Fruit tarts, foie gras, crème brulée, ice cream||Blue cheeses, flans, rice puddings|
ASPARAGUS are very fragrant and rich in methionin, a sulfur-containing amino acid that makes everything taste somewhat vegetal. A solution is to grill the asparagus and to serve it with a sauce. Unoaked white wines such as Riesling will make a great match.
ARTICHOKES are rich in cynarine, which enhances the sweetness of a wine and can make the wine taste flabby and bitter. A very dry Riesling is one of the few wines that can stand up to artichokes.
TOMATOES are high in acid and the underlying acidity clashes with wine. Riesling can present an elegant solution, especially if the Riesling is crafted in an Alsatian style (about 1.5% residual sugar) because the slight sugar helps complement the tomatoes’ acidity but does not disrupt it.
The yolk of an EGG has a tendency to tame wine aromas and the egg’s sulfurous scent can interfere with the wine. A bright Riesling with high acid is almost always the perfect pairing. Based on the preparation of the egg, the appropriate Riesling can be sweet or dry.