Ahhh Riesling – is there anything you don’t go with? This beautiful wine from a white grape variety originated from the Rhine region of Germany and belongs almost anywhere – from an elegant dinner party to an outdoor summertime BBQ. It has put its’ roots throughout the world and can now be found grown and bottled in Australia, New Zealand, California and South Africa to name a few of many countries. Found in almost any grocery or liquor store in the Ozarks, this wine can easily be brought home to your table. And speaking of table, what foods and cheeses pair well with Riesling?
Foods and Cheeses Which Pair with Riesling
It is said that Riesling is one of the best food wines in the world as it can pair with almost anything due to its’ high acidity and fruity notes. It goes especially well with spicy foods.
Even Meg Houston Maker a wine and food writer says Riesling is “ONE WINE TO RULE THEM ALL” due to its’ versatility.
What Cheeses Go With Riesling
Especially fresh soft cheeses and those stinky…I mean “stanky” cheeses go great with Riesling. Should you find yourself at Brown Derby’s International Wine Store, you can peruse the cheese section and see if you can find a couple of the following to go with your bottle o’ Riesling:
Ricotta, Mozzarella, Burrata, Chèvre, Feta, Halloumi, Brie, Camembert, Brillat-Savarin, Crottin, Bûcheron, Époisses, Taleggio, Morbier, especially asiago, cheddar, gorgonzola, gouda, gruyere.
What Foods Go With Riesling
As stated before, this is a very versatile wine mainly because of its’ minerality. But, in the event you are in the middle of planning out a menu which centers around Riesling, get some of these entrees to grace your table:
Barbecue chicken or ribs
Chicken Satay (for all you Indonesian and Malaysian food lovers out there *wink*)
Almost all cured meats (such as salami and prosciutto)
Eggplant and eggplant dishes
Indian Curries and paneers
Fresh, raw fruits and veggies
Grilled fruit such as peaches and pineapple
Grilled or pulled pork
Shellfish such as lobsters, clams, oysters, scallops, and mussels,
Sushi, especially sashimi
Riesling literally goes with almost any Asian foods including Vietnamese, Japanese, Chinese, Thai, Indian, Middle Eastern, Indonesian and Malaysian foods. If your food group falls somewhere in the South East Asian circle, you are probably clear to use this wine to go with it. Riesling is also a great summertime wine for those outdoor BBQ’s and some spicy southwestern dishes.
On a side note, while Riesling should be chilled, it should NOT be ice-cold. You will lose the flavor of the wine if it’s kept too chilly!