Author dolcevitaSite / BlogTrust Rating Tasted On 11/21/2012
An elegant sparkling dessert wine with ripe, round aromas of grapes, black currants, cherries, and herbs. Bright acidity and bubbles balance the sweetness, and a hint of spice on the finish brings some depth. This Brachetto pairs well with raspberry tarts, chocolate-covered cherries, and blue cheese with roasted pears. Serve chilled.
From F&W Mag - Sweet & Spicy
Why do sweet wines go well with spicy food?
"Sweetness in wine takes away some of the heat in a spicy dish," says Maniec. "It's similar to how chefs often put something sweet in a fiery dish to cool off the palate, like duck sauce with spicy Chinese food. It's almost like a cooling gel."
Workout: Tempering Heat
Order a bucket of your favorite spicy buffalo chicken wings and taste them with the three wines. "You can probably eat more wings with the sweet, lower-alcohol wine because your palate's refreshed with each sip," says Maniec, adding "and maybe because you've forgotten how hot the wings were." Many sweet whites are low in alcohol, which helps. "High-alcohol wine will make a spicy dish taste more fiery."
What You Need
Spicy buffalo chicken wings
Sweet, low-alcohol sparkling wine
Off-dry, low-alcohol Riesling
Tannic, high-alcohol Shiraz
Best Pairing: Low-Alcohol, Sweet Wine
Wine Pick: 2011 Giacomo Bologna Braida Brachetto d'Acqui
"The sweetness of the wine cuts the spice and matches the sweet flavors in the wings," says Maniec.
OK Pairing: Low-Alcohol, Off-Dry Wine
Wine Pick: 2011 Willi Schaefer Estate Riesling
This pairing works, but the sweetness of the wings may make the wine seem a little sour.
Bad Pairing: High-Alcohol, Tannic Wine
Wine Pick: 2008 Henry's Drive Dead Letter Office Shiraz
"The wine is great on its own, but all you'll taste with the wings is alcohol and intense heat," says Maniec.