Casual Food and Wine Pairings Done Right
After a long day of work, the last thing you want to do is cook yourself a gourmet meal. Whether you pick up some fast food, grab a burrito bowl, or whip up a quick grilled cheese at home, there’s no reason why you can’t pair these casual foods with a delectable glass of wine. Some might argue that these two culinary classics are simply not in the same class: street food vs. sophistication. We disagree. Regardless of what your friends might tell you, you don’t need to cook Duck l'Orange to pair with your favorite vino. It’s all about picking the right wine to go with your casual meal of choice. So read on, grab a bottle, and live your best life!
Classic Burger + Spanish Garnacha
Wine Suggestion: Bodegas Obergo Antiqua Old Vines Garnacha 2013
Pair your classic juicy burger topped with lettuce, tomato, and onion, with a glass of Lambrusco Amabile. Since a burger traditionally calls for a Root Beer or Coke, choosing a bitter-sweet wine creates a delightful combo when paired with a timeless American burger.
Pizza + GSM
Wine Suggestion: Chateau Tour Boisee Marielle et Frederique 2015
A slice of cheese pizza with red sauce hits the spot when you crave an easy and delicious meal. To balance the acidity and intense flavor of the tomato sauce, try pairing your favorite slice with a GSM. This blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre has a juicy flavor that compliments the red sauce and cheese blend.
Chipotle Chicken Burrito + Reuda Verdejo
Wine Suggestion: Finca Montepedroso Rueda Verdejo 2014
How many times have you grabbed a Chipotle burrito on the way home from work? Probably too many times to count. Combine the delicious taste of a chicken burrito with a clean, crisp, and highly acidic wine. The acid in the fruity Redua Verdejo highlights all of the burrito’s flavor.
Grilled Cheese + Chardonnay
Wine Suggestion: Au Contraire Chardonnay 2013
On those rainy days when you need a warm grilled cheese, pop open a bottle of Chardonnay to complement your sandwich. A full-bodied white wine like Chardonnay is the perfect duo for the buttery bread, no matter type of cheese is inside.
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Fettuccini Alfredo + Pinot Grigio
Wine Suggestion: Scarpetta Pinot Grigio 2015
When craving a creamy carb, it is simple to prepare a fettucine alfredo dish, or to pick it up from your local Noodles and Co. Drinking a lovely Pinot Grigio with this dish will give you all of the feels – comfort, safety, and extreme satisfaction. This pairing works because both dishes are soft, easy, and subtly flavored.
For your next “Netflix and chill” night, grab your favorite casual meal and pair it with one of the suggested wines. It’s a win-win situation! You can satisfy your palette and stomach from the comfort of your own home, and on your own dime! Happy wining and dining!