Nontraditional Wine Pairings

Wine goes with everything. I know what you’re thinking – everything? No way – only cheese, dark chocolate and a nice filet mignon. Not quite, my friends!

Personally, I think wine is just as much the every man’s drink as a frothy mug of beer. Sure that may deflate a belief some revere – the notion that wine is meant for the more superior of society, or reserved for our classiest of moments amongst friends; but that’s not how life works. Sometimes you just want a chilled glass of Pinot after a long day at the office and you can’t seem to scrounge up enough energy to both pour a glass of wine and prepare a “worthy” meal. It happens and there’s no reason to shove the bottle back into the depths of your refrigerator simply because it’s a frozen mac and cheese type of evening.

In other words, there’s no need to sacrifice your nightly glass of wine simply because you don’t feel like having a fancy enough meal to justify sips of a luxurious Cabernet.

There don’t need to be any more rules established! Wine is meant to be enjoyed, so this weekend I decided to take matters into my own hands and create a list of some nontraditional wine pairings. You know, like what goes best with a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

For the pairings, I selected a bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon and a Merlot for the reds, and a Riesling and Chardonnay for the whites. All tasted relatively standard for their respective varietals, and served as the basis for each of the pairings. I then gathered a few friends for an impromptu wine pairing party, and we surrounded ourselves with some foods not generally served alongside such wines, or at least not at any wine pairing I’ve ever attended – including in Napa.

By Joelle Zarcone (www.snooth.com)