Austrian Food and Wine Pairing

Pairing food with Austria Wines(Excerpt from Report #25 The Wines of Austria)

Austrian wines pair magnificently with food. The top Austrian wines are as good as any on the market today for pairing with a wide variety of dish- es from hours d'oeuvres to entrees, cheese, pastries, and sweet desserts. Both whites and reds, sparkling (sekt) and dessert wines are fresh and flavor- ful, high in acidity and low in alcohol. This combination of qualities enhances food, both Austrian and non-Austrian, especially when the wine and food are paired correctly. The table below presents types or styles of Austrian wines on the market with selections of dishes from Austria and elsewhere that best accompany them.

Austrian Wine Hors d'oeuvres and Soups Egg and Vegetable Dishes Fish and Seafood Chicken, Veal and Pork Beef, Pork, & Game Cheese and Pastries
Sparkling/Sekt White and Rosé Smoked trout, smoked salmon, salads and canapes Vegetable tempura Fried white fish, sushi, smoked salmon, oysters 1/2 shell Cold or poached chicken Wiener schnitzel Soft cheeses

Light Dry Whites/ Gruner Veltliner/ Sauvignon Blanc, Muskateller Dumplings Shrimp frittata, asparagus, fried artichokes Crayfish, lobster, scallops, shrimp scampi Chicken paillard, rabbit, roast chicken or Veal with mushrooms Veal stew, spiced pork roast, Soft cheeses such as Brie or goat cheese

Medium and Full-bodied Grüner Veltiner, Riesling, Weissburgunder Classic consommé, Jamon Ibérico Mushroom dishes, dim sum, Vorarlberg cheese, spaetzle Rare tuna, grilled salmon, sushi, Thai shrimp curry Coq au vin Beef stews, smoked meats, boiled beef Aged Cheddar

Meidium-bodied Fresh Fruity Dry Reds/Zweigelt, Pinot Noir Pates and terrine, cold meats, blood sausage Spicy pad Thai Rare tuna Hawaiian cuisine with tropical fruits, pork asado Lamb kabobs, beef stew, and steak Vintage Gouda, Brie

Full-bodied, Complex Reds Blaufränkisch, Aged Zweigelt Melon and ham canapé
Swordfish with mango chutney

Aged and pungent cheeses

Sweet Wines/ Ruster Ausbruch Fois gras

Apple crisp, Apple strudel, peach cobbler, grilled pineapple and tropical fruit, Palatschinken (crepes)