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How To Pair Wine With Tropical Fruit 

Whites 

“Highly acidic fruits should be paired with a slightly sweeter wine to provide balance,” says Enrico Garzaroli, owner of Graycliff Hotel & Restaurant, Nassau, Bahamas. Auslese Rieslings or Sauternes are two sweet wines ideal for matching with acidic fruits. 

Reds 

“Pairing wine with island dishes crowned by tropical fruit is an exercise in maintaining balance between prominent acidity and fleshy texture,” says Shawn LaRue, consulting wine director for BodyHoliday LeSPORT spa in St. Lucia. That doesn’t mean all fruit pairings need to be white. La Rue suggests Pinot Noir with a dish like off-the-bone pork ribs and pineapple. 

Rosés 

Whether they’re dry or off dry, rosés can work with just about any combination of island flavors. “A red wine masquerading in a quasi-white wine’s clothing, rosés are flexible, creative and eminently successful mediators of tropical fruits’ strong influences of acid, texture, and sweet aromatics,” says LaRue. Look for rosés with a hint of sweetness, like those from Rioja, he says. 

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