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Kesselstatt Goldtropfchen Riesling Kabinett - 9.99 - Co-op
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Kesselstatt Goldtropfchen Riesling Kabinett - 9.99 - Co-op

Some wines have a time and a place, and dessert wine is definitely one of them. Crack it open for a couple of glasses on a Tuesday night and it won't work. Accidentally open it to go with your fishfinger sandwich, you'll be sorely disappointed.  However, paired with the right dish you’ll be amazed at what happens. The sickly, sugar disappears and instead you delve into a luscious, rich nectar that makes the dessert shine.

Which is why some people believe they don't like sweet wine. Until they go to a good restaurant and get the wine pairing for dessert which blows their mind... Maybe Hogwarts could run an extra-curricular class in the dark art of sweet wines, it seems that mystifying.

Really the key is understanding that stickies (the 'in' term for sweet wines) come at different levels of sweet, just like desserts do, and to make it work you need to balance them. If the wine is a lot sweeter than the dessert it will still taste sickly, if it's not sweet enough it will taste bitter. Some, like Sauternes, have a phenomenal amount of sugar, but it's balanced by really high acidity to even it out and you need something incredibly rich with it. Others, like Moscato d'Asti or Beaumes de Venise have a much lower sugar level, but the acidity is lower too so they seem just as sweet.

For a seasonal dessert like apple pie you need something in the middle. Sweet enough to cope with the brown sugar and crumble topping, but light enough to let the tart sweetness of the apple shine through. 

Which is what this Riesling will do. Riesling has a naturally apply character anyway and this particular one has a gentle, honeyed sweetness that doesn't feel too sticky or heavy and will show your baking off.

Be warned though, when you see this it may ring some retro alarm bells and be terrified by its name. Don't be put off though, it is truly gorgeous stuff. German wine generally remains one of the gems of the wine world, you almost always get value for money, and this is no exception. 

Kesselstatt Goldtropfchen Riesling Kabinett - 9.99 - Co-op
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