Quiche consists of an egg custard inside a pastry shell. While the dish has French roots, it actually was originally a German dish, according to Food Reference.com. The word quiche is from the German word for cake, kuchen. Today, there are many different varieties of quiche and it can be served for any meal. Quiche Florentine is a popular variety which adds spinach and cheese to the traditional egg filling. There are several different wines that go well with quiche Florentine.
Riesling is white wine that comes primarily from Germany and Australia. According to Food & Wine, the German Riesling is normally dry and sweet with notes of apple and citrus fruit. Australian Rieslings have more citrus notes and usually contain lime notes as well, which are not found in the German variety of the wine. Both types of Riesling are versatile and work well with lighter foods and will complement quiche Florentine nicely.
Viognier is a white, full-bodied wine that is gaining popularity in California, where more vineyards are beginning to plant the grapes. According to Gayot.com, Viogner has a tropical flavor and a creamy finish that is similar to Chardonnay. The wine has notes of apricots, orange blossoms and acacia. Secondary flavors include honey, vanilla, tropical fruits, anise and mint. The lightness of the wine pairs well with less intense foods like quiche Florentine.
The Sauvignon Blanc grapes make white wine that, according to Food and Wine, is lithe and light on its feet. The best versions of the wine to pair with quiche Florentine are made in the Loire Valley of France, California, New Zealand and the Cape region of South Africa. Sauvignon Blanc combines the tart flavor of gooseberries with notes of melon and other fruits. The wine is the lightest to pair with quiche Florentine and would be best served at brunch or lunch.
Pinot Gris/Pinot Grigio
Pinot Gris and Pinot Grigio are actually the same basic wine, with two different names. Both wines are created from a white mutation of the Pinot Noir grape, but the areas where they are grown determine the wine’s name. In Oregon and France, the wine is labeled Pinot Gris, and in California and Italy, Pinot Grigio is produced. Both wines are dry and light with notes of citrus, melon and peaches. The wine is one of the bolder ones to be paired with quiche Florentine.
References and ResourcesFood Reference; Quiche; James T. Ehler
Snooth.com: Wine Pairing with Spinach Quiche
Gayot; Food and Wine Pairing; October 2010
Wined In: Quiche
Food and Wine: Riesling 101
Gayot; Viognier; May 2011
ResourcesFood and Wine: Sauvignon Blanc 101
Wine Into; Pinot Gris; Lisa Shea