Find the right wine to match with your favorite snacks and tasty apps. Here are some top-rated recipes and the wines that live to love them.
1) Sparkling Wine and Salty Snacks
Sparkling wines are very food friendly. Their acidity keeps the palate refreshed and on the alert, and their lowish alcohol level won't overwhelm food. Yes, they pair well with fancy, sophisticated foods (Champagne is a classic match with caviar, for example), but bubbles also thrill to no-frills salty snacks (like french fries, potato chips, and popcorn) and fried foods like fish-and-chips. Sparkling wine loves them all!
2) Cabernet Sauvignon and Beef Sliders
Full-bodied and rich, Cabernet Sauvignon is a classic pairing partner for meaty dishes like beef and lamb. Nothing's better than a simple grilled cheeseburger and a Cab. With burgers, also consider Merlot (Cab’s gentle neighbor in Bordeaux), Syrah, or Zinfandel.
Cabernet Sauvignon is a classic match with blue cheese...and beef.
3) Chardonnay and Chicken Quesadillas or Grilled Shrimp
Try rich, full-bodied Chardonnays with flavorful dishes like chicken quesadillas or marinated grilled shrimp.
4) Riesling and Spicy Appetizers
Try Riesling with spicy foods. It’s frequently bright with acidity and typically on the low-alcohol side with flavors of apple and citrus.
Here’s a recipe that would do well with either sparkling wine or Riesling.
5) Sauvignon Blanc with Salsas and Guacamole
To describe the fresh, food-friendly acidity of Sauvignon Blanc, break out the z-words -- zingy! zippy! zesty! With lots of citrus and grassy flavors, along with herbal aromas, Sauvignon Blanc excels with vegetarian dishes. And it’s one of the few wines that can endure asparagus and raw tomatoes. It also likes dishes that are prepared with herbs, particularly cilantro and parsley. Goat cheese? Sauvignon Blanc loves it.
6) Syrah and Foods from the Grill
Syrah loves the 'que. Try it with ribs, grilled burgers, or even grilled eggplant or portabella mushrooms. And bacon-wrapped dates? Yes please.
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7) Sangiovese with Pizza and Meatballs
Sangiovese's refreshing acidity and nice tannins make it a terrific friend of food, with flavors and aromas of cherries and violets. Sangiovese-based wines like Chianti are classic partners with pizza and tomato-based pasta dishes. They’re also terrific with grilled meats and poultry. Barbera would also pair perfectly with pizza and cocktail meatballs.
Your Illustrated Guide to Perfect Pairs for Snacks and Apps