Courtesy Ryan Gannon, Beverage Manager, Cure, New Orleans
Feinherb is an off-dry (slightly sweet) wine style. Halbtrocken (“half-dry”) is a similar Riesling style. Think of these as the Goldilocks of Riesling: not too sweet, not too dry. That means that fruit notes come through, but they’re balanced by plenty of acidity.
In this unusual, tropical-accented variation on the classic Spritz Veneziano, pineapple liqueur takes a key role. It’s bolstered by a German Riesling that features plenty of juicy stone fruit and citrus notes—Gannon recommends Brand Feinherb Riesling. Sparkling wine adds the all-important effervescence.
A Fein Spritz
- 1½ ounces off-dry German Riesling
- ½ ounce pineapple liqueur, like Giffard Caribbean Pineapple
- 3 ounces dry sparkling wine
- Lemon wheel, for garnish
In large wine glass or double-Old Fashioned glass, combine all ingredients with ice. Stir to chill. Drop lemon wheel in glass for garnish.