Riesling has several different styles: dry, off dry, and sweet. Since sugar changes (lowers) the perception of acidity, the best food pairings also change.
Dry style might include Riesling from Finger Lakes New York, Alsace France, Clare Valley Australia, New Zealand and some Washington state Rieslings.
Off-dry style Rieslings would be German Rieslings from the Mosel-Saar-Ruwer region, e.g., Dr. Loosen, some Washington State Rieslings ( they have a sweetness graph on the bottle), Austrian, South African, and Italian Rieslings, These go well with Pacific Rim and Mexican spiced foods.
Appetizers to go with a Dry Style Riesling
Cheeses – Brie with rind, Brin D’Amour, Camembert with rind, Emmental, Feta, Garroxta, most goat cheeses, Muenster, Raclette, Reblochon, Saint-Nectaire, Swiss, Vacherin
Sliced apples or pears with blue cheese
Baked ham slices and crostini
Ham and Roquefort Pinwheels – Blend together softened butter and roquefort in whatever proportion suits you. Spread mixture on ham slices (not prosciutto), roll up tight, and chill for several hours or overnight. Slice into quarter-inch rounds, top with baby sage leaf if available. Submitted by SG Seguret
Appetizers to go with an Off-Dry Style Riesling
Cheeses – Brick, Colby, Double Glouster, Edam, Fontina, Gorgonzola, Gouda, Gruyère, Havarti, Langres, Vermont Shepard, blue cheeses, cheese cake
Vinegar chips, Jalapeno Chips, Chex Mix Snacks
Takeout sweet and sour shrimp, scallops, chicken, pork, Thai basil chicken, Thai or chinese dumplings
Shrimp with cocktail sauce
A dip made from 2:1 sour cream/mayonnaise plus dill and chopped up: mild banana peppers, pickled jalapeno, zesty dill pickles, kimchi, or Wickles Pickles or relish.
Nachos with Jalapeños
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