Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Red Wine and Junk Food??

As you know from years of reading about our red wine junkie habit, we love red wine - period.

So I was cruising through the Food and Wine magazine's web and found this blog post. It is hilarious! If you are a fan of wine and junk food, check out the unique subject matter.
Here's a sample of Mike Pierce's suggestions:

Cracker Jacks:
10 year or older St-Joseph Blanc (Marsanne and Rosanne)
why it works: The waxy walnut quality of the older San Joseph matches nicely with the caramel peanut and the piquant sweetness of the kernels. Well-made San Joseph Blancs will carry their acidity throughout their life to cut through the snack's sweetness.

Classic Cheetos: Verdicchio Di Metallica
why it works: Enough acidity to clean up the cheddar, and a mid-palate weight that married the intensity of the Cheetos. Ultimately, it was the only one of about 12 wines that did not taste awful, in that chemical way, after it chased the Cheetos.
alternate pairing: unoaked California Grenache Blanc

Slim Jim: Lambrusco
why it works: Duh. Lambrusco from Emilia Romagna goes great with all salty cured meats, including Slim Jim.
alternate pairing: Sciava, a light, bitter red from Alto Adigo or indigenous Austrian red varietals like Zweigelt and Blaufrankisch.

Here's his Restaurant's class:

April 9th “Junk Food Wine Pairing Challenge” Round #2
The first “Junk Food” seminar was so popular that we decided to do it one more time. Mike will again tackle some challenging foods that are often eaten, but rarely, if ever, paired with wine. You decide if the pairings work. This is one not to miss!

First Course: Cool Ranch Doritos - Wine Pairing: Come join us and find out.
Second Course: Pork Carnitas Tacos - Wine Pairing: Come join us and find out.
Third Course: Buffalo Chicken Wings - Wine Pairing: Come join us and find out.
Fourth Course: Snickers Bar - Wine Pairing: Come join us and find out.

I am just mad that I didn't think of holding a class on pairing wines with junk food!! Thanks to Jen Murphy for writing about this.
What will they think of next???


Tanya said...

That has got to be one of the strangest classes I've ever seen... way to class up your cheetos.

Hmm... wonder what they'd pair with coke (not a wine drinker)... fois gras or caviar perhaps? Yeah, call me uncivilized but I'm not putting any of that stuff in my mouth either.

3D said...

That magazine is PERFECT for me!!!

Keep smilin!

Cora said...

I love this. We too are red wine junkies and I am no longer embarassed to say I have done the wine and Skittles pairing.

OH MY #6 said...

Tell Salty Dog, thank you, from,Birthday Boy Stan! Stanlea celebrated with yummy organic dog frozen dog yogurt! We are nuts!

I guess my three word or your three word Sunday might read....RED WINE JUNKY!

Enjoy the day friends.


Brian & Ruth said...

I think I would definitely be in for the 4th course. :-)

Half Gaelic, Half Garlic! said...

I would love to see what wine they pair with Snicker's Bar.....chocolate and wine...yum! We love any wine, white or red....next home project...wine cellar!

DC said...

This totally cracks me up! I might have to try a few of these combos. :)

OziMum said...

Put down that glass of wine, and go visit RQ!

Then drink a bottle of wine!

Vivian M said...

I'll stick with cheese and fruit. I just can't imagine a wine that would taste good with Cheetos!

LindaJ said...

Red wine goes with EVERYTHING!!!

NorasMommy said...

I agree - red wine does go with anything! Tonight we had merlot and pizza with a dark chocolate bar for dessert. That's about as classy as it gets at our place.

Have a great weekend -- and happy belated birthday!