There’s nothing like a bold Cabernet Sauvignon with a juicy steak or a crisp white wine with a light fish, but there are some great and unusual wine and food pairings that you may not expect.
Try some of these out and you’ll see why these food and wine pairings are so delicious.
Fried Chicken & Champagne
Champagne pairs beautifully with salty, fatty foods which makes it the perfect complement to fried chicken. The acidity of the Champagne cuts through the rich flavors of the fried chicken bringing a balance to the meal.
Hot Dogs & Riesling
Riesling helps to reduce the richness and smokiness while bringing out the flavors of the hot dog. This pairing works especially well if you’re someone who is a fan of spicy toppings on your hot dog like jalapeños.
Swordfish & Pinot Noir
Pairing fish with red wine may sound radical, but hear us out. Swordfish holds up against a light Pinot Noir. Plus, if you grill your Swordfish, the smokiness pairs so well with a Pinot Noir.
Curry & Rosé
The fruity flavors of Rosé work wonderfully to balance out the cumin, coriander, and other spices found in curry. The Rosé will balance the flavors while not overpowering them making them the perfect pair.
Chocolate Ice Cream & Pinot Noir
Each bite of chocolate ice cream with a sip of a light Pinot Noir is a delightful experience. The soft fruit aroma of the Pinot Noir plus the rich chocolate flavor makes a great combination.
Macaroni & Cheese & Sparkling White Wine
The best sparkling wines to pair with macaroni & cheese include Moscato, Chardonnay, or Brut. This works well because of the creaminess of this dish. The combined flavors in your mouth will taste surprisingly great.
At the end of the day there are no 100% firm rules on what wines work best with what foods, it’s all up to personal preference. We encourage you to test out your own unusual wine and food pairings and let us know what you like!