How to Pair Sauternes Wines?
What is the best way to pair Sauternes wines?
In Bordeaux, this liquid gold has traditionally been enjoyed as an aperitif in place of Champagne. Alternatively, it is often presented alongside Foie Gras.
However, it can easily be paired with other foods: blue cheeses, roasted chicken, gamey meats, such as veal, rabbit, duck – with a side of buttery vegetables. This salty yet buttery combination will balance out the sweetness of the wine with a traditional French style.
Now, if you want to try something more experimental, explore Thai or Chinese dishes, the spices will match the undertone spices of the wine: the complexity of flavors and aromas combine and is a delight. The floral intensity works well with the spicy flavors; trust us, it’s worth a try, it’s a delicious way to pair Sauternes wines!
Finally, in Bordeaux, Sauternes is not paired with sweet food; however, in some places, they love to! The key to pairing Sauternes wines with food is contrast and balance, so a very rich, sweet wine should be paired with a lighter dessert – such as pavlova, bitter chocolate, cheesecake, or even the Bordeaux traditional canelé – and should remain the star of the show!
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