Need a quick and comforting meal on the table? This homemade mac and cheese from A Cedar Spoon is just the thing! Macaroni is combined with sausage, roasted red pepper, spinach, and a three-cheese sauce featuring cheddar, Parmesan, and Gouda to create a comforting meal. Add a glass of one of these wines and you’ve got a great evening.
Sausage, Red Pepper, and Gouda Mac & Cheese Wine Pairing
Several wines can pair well with Mac & Cheese (Chardonnay for one), but a surprisingly fantastic pairing is Riesling. The high acidity level found in a typical Riesling helps to cut through the rich and creamy cheese and refresh the palate from such a comforting dish. And sausage and Riesling are practically a match made in heaven… or at least a match made in Germany. But you don’t have to drink a German Riesling to enjoy this pairing. All of these, from around the world, will work well with this dish.
Riesling: Joseph Cattin Riesling ~ $14
From the Alsace region of France, this Riesling is bright, clean, and crisp with citrus, green apple, white pepper, and some floral notes. Clean, fresh and fruity, and dry on the palate.
Riesling: Weingut Willi Brundlmayer Kamptaler Terrassen Riesling $24
Austria is known more for Grüner Veltliner, but they also produce some fantastic Rieslings. This one, from the Kamptal region, is medium bodied and very aromatic with juicy peach, citrus, and spice, along with a crisp and clean finish. Everything about this wine is a sure match for the creamy Mac & Cheese with sausage.
Riesling: Weingut J. & H. A. Strub Niersteiner Oelberg Roter Schiefer Riesling ~ $21
This one, from Germany, has lots of mineral notes along with some tart fruit flavors (pear and apple) and more mineral notes in the mouth, with high acidity and a clean finish. The minerality and fruit balance will pair nicely with the sausage.
Riesling: Dr. Konstantin Frank Semi Dry Riesling $15
From New York’s Finger Lakes region, this Riesling opens up with a floral and fruity nose full of juicy peach, pear, and tangerine. More stone fruit can be found on the palate with a mildly sweet finish with clean and crisp acidity balancing it all out.
Riesling: Chateau Ste. Michelle Riesling ~ $9
And finally, from Washington State, this semi-sweet Riesling is filled with ripe apple and mild mineral aromas and flavors. Fruity and clean in the mouth with juicy fruit and balanced acidity, this is also a great value at under $10.
Other Comfort Food & Wine Pairings
- Chicken and Dumplings and Wine Pairing
- Freezer Mac & Cheese and Wine Pairing
- Lasagna and Wine Pairing
- Meatloaf and Wine Pairing
- Tomato Soup with Spinach & Orzo and Wine Pairing
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