In our second video chat below, sommelier Mike Pierce gets into some specific and fun snack food and wine pairings. There were some surprising insights (really) as I thought all snacks would go best with sweet wines … Skittles proved me wrong, though I loved the Cracker Jacks pairing best. Have you discovered an unusually great pairing?
What things do you have to keep in mind for the chemically-enhanced flavors of snack food?
Any wines that really don’t work with snack food?
Why do more obscure and expensive wines seem to go better with junk food?
You can watch part one of our chat about wine and snack pairing.
The breakfast of champions: Froot Loops and which wine? Does the same wine work well with all the different colours of Froot Loops?
Domaine Sainte Marie Tradition Rosé, Côtes De Provence, France
Lovely and light with rose petal and tiny field raspberries. Dry and refreshing. Pair with: pan-fried freshwater fish, raw vegetables and an aioli dip, and of course, Froot Loops. Drink: 2012-2014. 283564 $15.95 Score: 89/100.
How about Skittles: does the colour make a difference to the wine match? Green (lime), red (strawberry), orange (citrus) and purple (grape) …
Clean Slate Riesling, Mosel, Germany
Lime blossom and floral notes. Very pretty and light-bodied. Pair with: Asian dishes, spicy foods, sushi, fish, poultry, pork and Skittles. Drink: 2012-2015. 286237 $12.95 Score: 88/100
Also try the dry rosé above.
Penfolds Konnunga Hill Chardonnay, South Australia, Australia
Generous oak and toast on the nose followed by pear and pear aromas. Full-bodied and wonderfully affordable. Pair with roast chicken, lobster in butter, popcorn and Cracker Jacks. Drink: 2010-2013. 321943 13.50% XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 87/100.
Salt & Vinegar Chips
Monkey Bay Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand
Monkey Bay wines take their name from a small bay on the coast of Marlborough in the South Island. A legendary monkey was once believed to inhabit this secluded spot. Vibrant, zesty aromas of lime, chives, grass, lemongrass and green apples. Medium-bodied. Closed with a screwcap. Pair with: fried chicken, roast turkey, caesar salad, grilled swordfish, turkey burger and salt and vinegar chips. 620062 $14.95 Score: 88/100.
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