Q: What wines can you drink with asparagus?
—Jennifer M. Roberts-Rindskopf, Westerville, Ohio
Choose "high acid, unoaked white wines with herbal, citrus or exotic fruit notes,'' suggests Scott Tyree, the Maine-based wine consultant and sommelier-at-large. His picks? New Zealand sauvignon blanc; Scheurebe, a German cross between riesling and sylvaner grapes; sylvaner; gruner veltliner from Austria; Alsatian pinot blanc; whites from Alto Adige.
Andrew Dornenburg and Karen Page offer other wine recommendations, some based on how the asparagus is served, in their useful pairing guide, "What to Drink with What You Eat." Asparagus with butter or hollandaise sauce? Try Chablis, unoaked chardonnay. Chilled? A French Pouilly-Fume or an Alsatian riesling.
"You can make asparagus or artichokes more amenable to pairing with wine by serving them with a cheese sauce,'' write Dornenburg and Page.
I hope all this advice motivates you to experiment with asparagus and wine. Report back, please, with your results.
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