Thursday, November 16, 2017

Recipe Thursdays: Max Ferd. Richter's "Zeppelin" Riesling with Blue Cheese and Pear Tart

Turkey? Check. Mashed potatoes and green beans? Check. With Thanksgiving around the corner, you’ve got the basics covered. But, have you thought about what to serve while your guests arrive and the turkey’s still in the oven? We tend to spend the most time contemplating the mains, while appetizers and aperitifs are an afterthought. In reality though, those first bites and sips your guests take will set the tone for what’s to come.

Photo: Annabelle Breakey; Styling: Karen Shinto

Don’t get stuck scrambling for starter ideas at the last minute. Instead, rely on this brilliant pairing that will surely impress: Max Ferd. Richter's Mülheimer Sonnenlay "Zeppelin" Riesling and a gorgeous Blue Cheese and Pear Tart, courtesy of Sunset. Atop a golden puff pastry, sweet pears and tangy blue cheese are baked to perfection with caramelized onion and thyme. Just the right balance of semi-sweet and savory, the tart pairs beautifully with Richter’s Riesling, which has rich mouth-filling flavors of juicy orchard fruits and spice. Only downside? This pairing is going to set the bar pretty high for the main course.

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