In these articles, we’ll be looking at how to pair wine with your favorites quarantine snacks. The whole place is currently on lockdown and one can easily be bored with staying at home, sleeping, and at the other stuff. But if you really want to enjoy yourself I will ask you to try out pairing your favorites snacks with a bottle of quality red, white, and sweet red wines.
White Wine with Good Acidity Pairs Well with Salty Flavors
First up is popcorn. Ray says the Pinot Grigio and Riesling should work pretty well with it. Generally, white wine with pretty good acidity is going to work well with salty flavors. Of the two, he thinks Pinot Grigio would probably be the best choice, since it’s a light-bodied and relatively tart white wine, while Riesling is sweeter.
Sweet Foods Go with Sweet Wines
Ray feels the Riesling would be Hallie’s best option for the peanut butter & jelly sandwich (the main course) since it’s the sweeter of the two white wines. Sweet foods actually make the wine taste less sweet.
Pair Like Flavors
For Tostitos Hint of Lime tortilla chips, Ray again suggests the Riesling, because Riesling often has a little bit of a lime flavor to it (or green apple, or somewhere in between). Plus, the chips are salty, too, and that goes along with the first tip.
Sugar with Tannins Is Not a Great Combination
The last item is a frozen tiramisu. Ideally, Ray would pair it with a dessert wine—but in this case, he suggests that Hallie go for the wine that’s the most robust, the Rubrato, so it won’t get “run over by the tiramisu.” Hallie notes it tastes bitter when she tries it with the tiramisu, and Ray explains that the sugar in the tiramisu takes a dry wine like that and accentuates both the acidity and tannins, making it taste bitter and sour.
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