Ahh, Autumn. Warm days. Cool nights. Harvest baskets overflowing with late-season veggies and fruits all leading us back to the hearth. Suddenly we’re craving roast chicken, a hearty stew, maybe a hand-made apple pie.
But we’re also sad to say goodbye to summer, so we try to find an easier transition between the seasons. Maybe we add a summery lemon to a roast chicken, or we grill shrimp to serve over that hearty rice pilaf.
Riesling is a great pairing for all these choices. Riesling – especially from the Mosel – has a lemony/citrus character that works well with dishes that use lemon. The lemon also gives the dish a nice acid balance that will match the wine. Riesling Kabinett works great with simple, lighter dishes, such as lemongrass chicken, or marinated and grilled shrimp with a squeeze of lemon juice.
For heavier dishes, such as roasted lemon chicken or chicken with a sauce, you want to move up to Spätlese, which has a weightier texture.
Does Autumn send you longing for the flavors of wild game? Game meats have a sweetness to them that pairs well with Riesling, especially game birds like quail. Also, game dishes often include a fruit component, such as apple or currants. Riesling, being a very fruity wine, naturally complements such fruity accompaniments.
In Germany, the tradition is to have a really old Auslese (20+ years) with wild boar or venison ragout with wild chanterelles. Nobody has 20-year-old Riesling lying about these days, but a 3-5 year Auslese works very well. Want to try it for yourself? Consider one of our 2006 Ausleses. It’s a truly great vintage.
And, as it happens, we have a bunch of 2006 Ausleses still in stock. Here’s a list of what’s available:
* Erdener Treppchen Auslese
* Erdener Prälat Auslese
* Ürziger Würzgarten Auslese
* Wehlener Sonnenuhr Auslese
And if you need more convincing…here’s a little food & Erdener Prälat pairing that Loosen team member Ellisa Valo shared with us this week….
We opened a half bottle of Erdener Pralat a couple of nights ago to accompany a slab of banana cake that was slathered in thick whipped cream and banana slices – Heaven! The combination of the ripe bananas, silky cake and fatty cream with the wine’s honeyed fruit and cleansing acidity was not to die for – it was to live for. As the geese took one last practice run up the river and dusk fell over the Clackamas, I thought: “This is the perfect finish to the last day of summer.”