FAVORITE WINE AND SNACK COMBINATIONS:
Wine With Mexican Food:
It's fun to start the meal with chips and salsa and Champagne or Sparkling Wine. Our go-to red for pairing with Mexican food is Pinot Noir or a lighter red blend. If you prefer a heavier red, or are enjoying a beef dish, try a Tempranillo. Verde sauces and chicken or fish dishes work well with Sauvignon Blanc or a bone-dry Rosé If the meal is very spicy, go with a sweeter wine like a Riesling, Gewürztraminer or Rosé.
Peanuts, Pretzels & regular Potato Chips:
A crisp, light white wine like an un-oaked Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio will match up well to the salt.
BBQ Potato Chips:
A red Zinfandel makes a lively combination!
Tortilla chips with salsa:
Skip the beer or margarita and instead reach for a tart Reisling, Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc!
A delicious twist with Viognier.
Enjoy a bowlful with a lightly oaked Chardonnay or Champagne.
Nearly anything goes! The subtle flavor of the potato does well with Merlot and Pinot Noir, and the salt and oil match nicely to light and crisp white wines like Pinot Grigio.
Apples and Cheese:
Easy to find a favorite if you remember this: hard, flavorful cheeses need a darker, heavier wine like a Cabernet Sauvignon and lighter cheeses need a nice light white like Pinot Grigio, Riesling. Apples like a Fuji or Delicious are well, just delicious!
A healthy snack deserving of a light red, like Pinot or Sangiovese.
Sweet foods need sweet wines, try a German Reisling or Muscat.
Try a late-harvest wine, or fruit infused dessert wine... pour right over the top!
Chocolate Chip cookies need a Syrah or Cabernet Sauvignon, Oatmeal and Raisin cookies are yummy with either a Pinot Noir or Viognier. Gingersnaps are great fun with a peppery Zinfandel.
Carrots and Celery with Ranch dip:
Enjoy the crunch and tang alongside a glass of Sauvignon Blanc or Chardonnay.
Try any of these: Syrah, Cabernet, Zinfandel or Cabernet Franc. The juices from a burger will cut through the tannins of a bigger red wine.
Tangy pizza sauce and spicy Pepperoni go great with Zinfandel. A Friday-night must!
Champagne. The finer, the better!
Buy the most luxurious dark chocolate that you can find, and pair it with a Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah or Malbec. Heaven.
PERFECT BBQ PAIRINGS:
BBQ Chicken: Spicy Zinfandel or an off-dry Riesling will complement all the flavors in the sauce.
Grilled Chicken: A crisp Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc is the way to go.
Grilled Steaks: Cabernet is a classic match. A full-bodied red blend is a great choice too.
Portabella Mushroom Burgers: Juicy Syrah will show off this veggie favorite.
Grilled Salmon or Tuna: Pair these rich fish with a Pinot Noir.
BBQ Pork Ribs: Rich Syrah or fruity Zinfandel will stand up to the meaty goodness.
Bacon Cheese Burgers: Zinfandel or a rich Merlot will make this favorite a standout.
Grilled Lobsters: Buttery Chardonnay adds to the lusciousness.