Riesling for warm winter food

By on February 22, 2015
The Riesling Rendezvous was held in Seattle and Woodinville, Wash.

Riesling is a perfect accompaniment to many cuisines, regardless of season. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine)

We often think of Riesling as a wine for summer days. Toss a bottle in the fridge and enjoy it as a thirst-quencher with hot-weather fare.

But in the depths of winter – regardless of how mild it has been – there’s nothing quite so warming or comforting as bold, spicy dishes. And these often pair beautifully with Rieslings of varying sweetness levels.

Here are a few of our favorite winter dishes to pair with Rieslings.

  • Phở.
  • Enchiladas.
  • Thai curries.
  • Chili.
  • Saag paneer.
  • Kimchi.
  • Shrimp creole.
  • Hot wings.
  • Hot-and-sour soup.

Here are a dozen delicious Northwest Rieslings we’ve tasted in recent weeks.

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  1. Just one from Oregon? Over 40 of us recently conducted a technical tasting of pre-bottled 2014 Oregon Rieslings with exciting results. SmackDown?

    • Greetings Sheila,

      Thank you for taking the time to comment. Actually, there are three 2013 Rieslings from Oregon in that slideshow — South Stage Cellars, Willamette Valley Vineyards and Mt. Hood Winery. We’re looking forward to seeing the Rieslings coming out of Oregon from the 2014 vintage.

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