Ever had an impromptu drinking session, either by
yourself or with friends? Couldn’t figure out what you could throw together
quickly to nibble on while you drink and enjoy yourselves? It sure has happened
with me, and that is when I set out to find out things that pair well with the
good old wine so that I could work with what I had at home or something that I
didn’t have to put together.
You don’t have to make, prepare, or anything. Other
than one of the things I am going to talk about, none of these require any
preparation whatsoever. You just buy these things, and you are good to go.
Chocolate can be difficult to pair with wine, but it is something that most of us enjoy – pairing dark chocolate with Syrah works. Balance out the bitterness of dark chocolate. Pairing red wine with chocolate is the best bet. Syrah is a red wine with a dry sweetness which compliments well with dark chocolate.
Most chips are salty if not flavored with something
else – salt pairs well with white wine that has a dry tinge to it. Something
slightly sweet should also be the criteria to choose the pairing. If the chips
you have are high in spice, then choose a wine that has a sweetness to it,
preferably more of a fruity taste. Something like Sauvignon blanc (White wine)
Who doesn’t love pizza? Pizza and wine – two
favorites of many. Why not pair them? The problem here is that there are a lot
of ingredients and tastes to consider here. If not taken into account, the wine
can taste metallic (because of tomato or garlic). Italian wines go well with
pizzas. You can pair red as well as white wine. Sangiovese is a red Italian
wine that can be dry, semi-sweet, or sweet and goes well with pizza. If you are
going for white, then Fiano is a great choice with a dry taste to it.
Popcorn is one of the easiest and quickest snacks to
whip up when having a little party or just an impromptu drinking session. Many
wines go for all types of popcorn – salty, buttery, caramel – take your pick.
Chardonnay is a favorite though.
Cheese is a classic pairing with wine. The wines I
have talked about till now all work well. Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc are
the easiest. There is a reason why cheese and cracker platters work well with wine
tasting. Try them out yourselves; you won’t be disappointed.
There are a lot of things, snacks, fruits that go
well with different types of wine. Based on the wine characteristics, you can
experiment yourselves, or there are tons of wine enthusiasts who share their
favorite pairing- get it from them as I did. It will come in handy, and you
will be thankful.
I love trying new things, so this works out for me.
These are my personal favorites, so hack away and have fun!