Shanghai | 4 Perfect Food Pairings for Our New Sweet German Riesling

There’s an exciting new bottle available on the BottlesXO app: Heinz Schmitt’s 2006 Riesling Beerenauslese, an extra sweet Riesling from Germany.

Sweet wines like this are uniquely sugary and slightly less alcoholic than usual, which makes them extra special… and extra difficult to pair with food.

But that’s what we’re here for! Read on for four pairings that we think work perfeclty with our newest German friend.

Foie Gras

Grilled foie gras steak with green salad
Before we get to the desserts, let’s start with an indulgent favorite: foie gras. You might picture this with a big French red, but it’s richness is actually complimented nicely by the heavy sugars of dessert wines. Add a bit of fruitiness with, for example, a little jam and you’re on to a winner.

Lemon Tart

Lemon tart with whipped cream on black and gray background

Sharp, lemon-rich tarts (which are the best kind, no?) are very difficult to pair with wine; you don’t want to eliminate the very thing that makes them good. That’s why wines like our Riesling Beerenauslese are perfect; they possess a sweetness that plays with the bitterness of this dessert without overpowering it.

Crème Brûlée

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Another great dessert that can still be paired well with this classically German wine is a French favorite, the dishes relatively subtlty dovetailing nicely with the wines richness.

Fruit

Figs
If you prefer somethign fruitier after dinner, other fruit-based pies, tarts and even cakes can pair brilliantly with extremely sweet Rieslings. Fig, apricot and peach-based dishes work particularly well.

The 2006 Heinz Schmitt Riesling Beerenauslese is available for delivery on the BottlesXO app now. 

Download the BottlesXO app here.