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Food Pairings For Sauterne Wine


Sauternes wine, a rare and classic sweet wine made from grapes that have been shriveled by the noble rot fungus, pairs well with food. However, some foods are more well-suited to the sweetness of the wines than others. With Sauternes and often the other generic sauterne wines, you have a traditional group of foods that will work splendidly, but also a couple of not so traditional options for more adventurous palates.

Traditional: Blue Cheese, Sweet Fruit, and Foie Gras

The classic pairings for Sauternes, which would likely work for most in the sauterne group too, are blue cheese, sweet fruit (especially oranges), and Foie gras. The wine complements the taste of the sweet yet not overbearing fruit, and it provides a nice contrast to the sharper flavor of blue cheese. It also is a cleansing flavor after the creaminess of Foie gras. It's an excellent wine to accompany a cheese-and-fruit platter at a get-together.

Salty, Cured Food

Another contrast you might try is cured meat, such as various Italian hams. These are salty and often have a pungent undertone, even if the main taste is mild. The sweet wine helps clear out that salty taste.

Sichuan Food

Just as Sauternes contrasts with the bold blue cheese taste, it can be a nice counter to the spiciness of Sichuan (Szechuan) food as well. Use a lighter wine to avoid dragging your taste buds too far in the sweet direction -- there's such a thing as too much contrast -- but you'll find the wine connects nicely with any sweetness in the sauce in the food.

If Chinese food isn't your thing, try another cuisine that's spicy. It's the heat you really want to compare against the sweet wine, so whether you stick with Sichuan or try a different cuisine that has that spicy heat, you should notice how well the wine and spice go together.

Whatever food you choose, make it good quality. Cheap Sichuan takeout has its place, definitely, but go for high-quality cooking when trying to pair the food with a wine. Ensure your cheeses and meats have been properly stored, too. Because different vintages can vary in how sweet they are, it's best to talk to a sommelier about the specific foods recommended for the particular vintage you want to buy. The right pairing can make all the difference between a merely interesting pair and a sublime dining experience.

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28 May 2017