Why is it that the summertime lures me into eating so much more junk food than the rest of the year? Since I spend a fair amount of time chasing my kids while in a swimsuit, you’d think I would be a better eater, but, alas, that Chex Mix still beckons.
So, since we are about half-way through summer where I live, (School starts in mid August for my kiddos!!) I thought we’d talk about junk food and wine, so you can really live it up for the rest of the summer.
“But I thought wine only goes with fancy cheese or a gourmet foods!” You might be thinking. Well, it sure does, but, let’s get real here. Sometimes it totally rocks with other things, too.
Earlier this summer I was enjoying Urban Rielsing from Mosel, Germany, delighting in its almost effervescent tingle on my tongue, its perfect acidity (at least for me) and the crisp apple and pear flavor, when my husband handed me a bowl of sliced pears.. ahhh. Paired with the wine, both were better. Perfect!
Then, I spied a bag of Honey Nut Chex Mix on the counter and had an idea. (We were on vacation in Vermont. I try not to keep things like that on my counter at home.. Too dangerous!)
I ripped open the bag, dropped a few morsels of the sweet, honeyed munchies in my mouth, crunched away and took a sip of the Urban Riesling (about $11) and fell even deeper in love. It was a match made in Sinful Summer Heaven. Seriously. You’ve got to give it a try!
If you are more of a chocolate person, don’t worry, I’ve got something new for you, too.
Sure, dark chocolate is almost always perfect with a California Cabernet Sauvignon. (I keep those tiny Dove Promises at the ready.)
But I’ve got something a little sillier:
A few weeks ago I wrote about Butterfinger candy bars and Rabbit Ridge Allure de Robles, a Rhone-style red from California. The wine is fruity, but not too sweet and the Butterfinger just makes it even better. And, at about $8 a bottle, it is a total bargain as well.
For movie night, though, pass the popcorn with any kind of bubbles, my latest fave being Schramsberg’ Blanc de Blancs ($32). Popcorn and sparkling wines, like this one from California, or Piper-Heidsieck Champagne from France, never disappoint and I feel as though I’m being healthy with all that popcorn. (Right??)
What are your favorite junkfood or snack food wine pairings? Tell me in the comments.
If you are looking for more traditional combinations (or more of my thoughts about wine), check out this post I recently shared about an amazingly decadent wine and cheese pairing with a triple cream cheese that was buttery and creamy and absolutely perfect…..