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Class 10: Wine in Real Life


food pairing with riesling

Riesling is known for its crisp acidity. This series of pairings demonstrates how the wine's acidity interacts with salt, acidity and fat in food.

 

 
RIESLING AND SALTINE

  1. Take a sip of the Riesling, then spit or swallow, remembering how it tastes.
  2. Now take a bite of the saltine.
  3. Immediately after swallowing it, take another sip of Riesling.

How does the Riesling taste now?
Does the wine taste any different?

Probably not, since the saltine is fairly neutral and doesn't have any components that interact with white wine.

 

 
RIESLING AND GRANNY SMITH APPLE

  1. Take a sip of the Riesling, then spit or swallow.
  2. Now take a bite of the apple.
  3. Immediately after swallowing, take another sip of Riesling.

 
How does the Riesling taste now?
Does it taste tarter and...

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