Sweet and savory snacks aren’t just for munching on the go. You can easily throw a dinner party with your closest pals without breaking the bank. All you need is a plate of comfort food and a good bottle of wine. Whether you’re planning a romantic dinner for two or keeping things casual with your best friend, here are five wine pairings that won’t let you down. It’s time to bring your home cooking up a notch!
1. French Fries and Sparkling Wine
This might sound like a strange pairing, but it’s actually a perfect match. The bubbles from the sparkling wine cut through the salt on the fries, thus allowing you to really appreciate the flavors in both the wine and your midnight snack. Not a fan of french fries? Potato chips or tater tots have the same effect. If you like your fries with a touch of truffle oil or shaved Parmigiano-Reggiano, you’re in for a special treat. Talk about a gourmet snack!
2. Popcorn and Chardonnay
Movie nights are synonymous with popcorn and now, chardonnay. Just like your popcorn, chardonnay can have a buttery taste yet crisp finish, making this duo a perfect match. Plus, you’ll feel a whole lot fancier with a chilled glass of white wine in hand as you watch your favorite rom-com, right? Chardonnay isn’t just for movie nights; it also makes a great addition to any dinner party. Thanks to its fruity flavor, you can pair it with many different plates, from pasta salad and sushi to white chocolate.
3. Pizza and Syrah or Italian Red
To be fair, any red pairs nicely with pizza, but our favorites are syrah and Italian reds. Why? Well, because these particular wines have a high acidity and they really bring out the sweet and acidic flavor combination in tomato sauce. Syrah is usually medium to full bodied with flavors ranging from blackberry and clove to smoked meat. It also pairs well with cheese, which is another reason pizza is such a smart dinner idea. If ordering toppings, go for red peppers, sundried tomatoes, spinach or a combination of all three.
4. Glazed Pastries With Moscato
Whether glazed donuts are your thing or you’re more of a cronut fan, you can’t go wrong with a moscato. These wines are light in alcohol and while they taste sweeter than other wines like, say, pinot grigio or sauvignon blanc, they’re no match for a glazed pastry. Your dessert and the moscato complement each other, leaving your sweet tooth completely satisfied. Not only is moscato fruity, but it also gives off a tart aroma that is intoxicating. Speaking of fruit, other delicious pairings are peach shortcake and orange sorbet.
5. Dark Chocolate With Cabernet Sauvignon
This might not come as a surprise to wine-tasting regulars, but it’s still worth a mention. Dark chocolate and cabernet sauvignon pairings are popular at wine tastings, and for good reason. Dark chocolate is packed with powerful, rich flavor so it’s only natural that you'll need a bottle with just as much oomph. With hints of red berries, cherries, plums and earthy aromas, it's a smart selection for any occasion. In addition to pairing well with bittersweet chocolate, cabernet sauvignon tastes great with semisweet chocolate as well.
Looking for even more food and wine pairings? Here’s our lightning round!
6. Hot Dogs
We'd stick with a syrah, but a cabernet sauvignon or even a chardonnay would pair well too.
7. Chips and Salsa
Pinot grigio and syrah pair well, but for something a little different, try a riesling.
8. Fruit Plate
Anything sweet will do! Start with a riesling and if it's not quite hitting the spot, switch to pinot grigio or moscato
9. Caesar Salad
Definitely go for a chardonnay with this one if you can. Otherwise, buy a bottle of either pinot grigio or merlot.
10. Pita and Hummus
This snack pairs nicely with pinot grigio. If you don't have that at the ready, opt for a chardonnay or syrah instead.
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