Off-Dry Riesling Pineapple Spritz

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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.

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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.

Published on June 28, 2019