Asparagus and Wine Pairing

When it comes to pairing wine and Asparagus, you want to stay away from fruity wines.  Red wines and Rose’s are simply out of the question.  Stay away from heavily oaked white wines too, like Chardonnay.  Instead, choose crisp, and dry White Wines with little to no Sweetness.

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A prime example is Sauvignon Blanc.  Sauvignon Blanc, is fantastic with Asparagus as these wines are a little pungent and grassy on the nose.  The Citrus nature of a Sauvignon Blanc is wonderful with Asparagus as well, as each sip is like a little squeeze of lemon on your food.

The lemony flavours off an off-dry Riesling will pair up well with Asparagus too. Again, you don’t want anything overly sweet.

The dry but semi-sweet nature of a sparkling wine like Vouvray is fantastic, especially with a cold grilled Asparagus Salad.  An Italian Pinot Grigio (a light, not fruity style) will work well in this case too. For a drier wine, try the bone-dry Muscadet A dry Fino Sherry will work just as well, and perhaps amaze you in how versatile this fortified wine is.

Finally, the bubbly Prosecco is perfect with Asparagus. I particularly love Prosecco with grilled Asparagus as I find it refreshing against the bitter backdrop of this charred seasonal vegetable.

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