How about starting with an exciting sparkling “Winzersekt”, for example? Whether it is made from Riesling grapes, powerful Pinot Gris or fiery Dornfelder grapes – the tingling stimulates and prepares the senses for the pleasures to come.
Ideally, light appetizers are accompanied by light white wines. Fresh salads - prepared with mild raspberry vinegar are wine-friendly - like young sparkling Riesling. Terrines which are full of finesse perhaps rather go with a fresh white Burgundy. The stronger the starter, the more powerul the wine must be. A game pie, for example, perfectly goes with a fruity Weißherbst made from Portugieser or Pinot Noir grapes.
And what wine will go with the main dish?
In regard to holiday classics, such as crispy stuffed goose or duck, a powerful wine with a harmonious acidity is recommended: A full-bodied Riesling, a young Pinot Gris or light fruity red wines with little tannin are ideal partners. If fillings with fruits are preferred, with apples or apricots for example, the wine should also contain the same fruity-sweet components – you could serve a powerful Riesling Spätlese, for example.
Traditional pot roasts prepared with a savory sauce and aromatic vegetables perfectly go with balanced full-bodied white and red wines: Pinot Gris or Scheurebe, but also Portuguieser and Pinot Noir are the right choice. The more intense the meat and its flavor, such as in game dishes, all the more powerful the wine should be. Full-bodied red wines - dry full-bodied Spätlese wines, such as Dornfelder or Lemberger are the perfect companions.
And for dessert?
Tempting treats, such as razor-thin apple pies or other fruit desserts require the aromas of fruity dessert wines, a Riesling Beerenauslese or even an ice wine – by serving these wines, the synergy of flavors can unfold. By the way, with its unparalleled intensity and variety of spices, such a wine is also a welcomed pleasure served to traditional Christmas treats such as cookies and fruit bread.(red.yoopress)