Wine Advocate Weekend Pairings: Chilled Soup
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The thick summer air calls for a meal that is both light and cool. Gabriel Kreuther, chef/owner of his one-Michelin-starred restaurant donning the same name prepares chilled soups during this time of year using what the season has to offer. His chilled soup of white and yellow peaches is an updated take on a recipe that his mother frequently made when he was a child. Simple and bright, it’s perfect for the warm weather.
Reviewer Erin Brooks suggests pairing this with a 2015 Alfred Merkelbach Riesling. “This could be a bit of a tough pairing, because you have some sweetness to the chilled soup, with the stone fruit, verbena and vanilla—you need a wine with a touch of sweetness but something that won't overwhelm the soup's delicate flavors,” she says. “The Merkelbach works well because it has enough sugar to partner with the soup, enhancing the sweetness of the stone fruits, while echoing its fleshy, peachy flavors. The acidity of the wine will work well to pull out some of the hidden citrus notes in the dish.”
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