The Sweet & Sour of life with Riesling

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Dave Mcintyre’s Wine Line Dave McIntyre, Washington Post wine writer

Remember when the food-wine pairing gurus would automatically say Riesling or Gewurztraminer when asked what wine to pair with Asian food? It didn’t matter what dish, or even which culture or cuisine. Asian = spicy, and therefore the wine should be sweet, or at least a little sweet.

There’s some logic to that. Sweetness in the wine helps tame the heat of spicy dishes, while the heat dries the wine a bit, making it taste less sweet. But of course, not all Asian dishes or even all cuisines are spicy, and many of them can be impressively complex. The key to me is fruity and fun.

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