In the south of the country the chill has already arrived in full force and, to welcome the Brazilian winter, nothing better than a sweet extravagance!
When he started preparing the thousand leaves with caramel and nut crunch, he was already thinking about choosing the perfect pair for him. The intensity of the flavors of each layer is attenuated by the diversity of textures, which are mixed from crunchy to creamy, all surrounded by an incredible aroma of caramelized nuts.
Photo: Paulo Cuenca
I usually say that harmonization is sensitivity and technique. I always like to think about the origin of the food to have some hint of harmonization. Being the thousand leaves of French origin, I started my brainstorming there.
I soon had a tendency to think about the region of Alsace, where wonderful wines are produced from German riesling and gewürztraminer grapes. Combine the cold of winter with sweet and Alsace! Et voilà!
I remembered the riesling barks harvest that I took at a wine bar in France, but unfortunately I couldn’t find it here. I tried something similar and it was not difficult! The region is neighboring Germany, where the best vinified examples of these grapes come from, with emphasis on the Spätlese.
In German, spätlese means “late harvest”, indicating that the grapes used in production are harvested up to one week after the end of the normal harvest. The result is a sweet and round wine in the mouth.
In the region of Pfalz, very close to the border with Alsace, the excellent Anselmann Gewürztraminer Spätlese, which brings remarkable traces of vanilla, honey, cloves and dried fruits.
Photo: Langguth Shop – Cover photo (cup): Schoenggeistig
Well structured, it is very balanced with vanilla cream and caramel. The notes of dried fruits combine with caramelized nuts, making it a fantastic pair.
For lovers of national wines, like me, I leave another note here: wine Late Harvest of Aurora, made from grape varieties Malvasia Bianca and Semillon, is sweet, velvety and full-bodied. Its predominant notes of nuts, chestnuts and honey result in a perfect match with the flavor of a thousand leaves.
Photo: Super Adega
Anselmann Gewürztraminer Spätlese, 2013 – Average price: R $ 132
Aurora Late Harvest – Average price: R $ 25
I hope you like it and get inspired with these tips!
And, for people overseas, it doesn’t hurt to try a Riesling late harvest Alsatian!
A kiss and à toute!