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Junk Food Wine Pairings

My philosophy is that wine makes everything better-including junk food (which are already pretty great to begin with!)

Pairing the right wine with your junk food of choice is a whole other level of treating yourself – think of it like pampering your taste buds!

Similar to our Wine Occasion post, this guide will help you achieve your best snack life-with recommendations for any craving

Junk Food Wine Pairing: Sweet Snacks

Wine & Chocolate

Life can get pretty hectic and stressful with work, relationships, and other adult responsibilities- sometimes it makes you want to feel like a kid again (you know, carefree- those were the days…). Luckily, chocolate exists. The ultimate junk food wine pairing.

chocolate wine pairing

While there are a lot of things I miss about being a kid, being an adult has some advantages – namely, wine!

As junk food wine pairings go, It doesn’t get much better than wine and chocolate. But what wine? While it may seem like sweetness overkill, dessert wine makes for a great chocolate pairing. The sweetness of the wine brings a rich complexity to the chocolate.

chocolate mousse wine pairing

Tip: Try Banyuls, a French dessert wine, with chocolate truffles and prepare to have your mind blown!

Wine and Cookies

Maybe you are in the mood for cookies instead? There are almost as many types of cookies as there is wine, but here are a few standouts:

cookie, christmas, sweet

Sugar cookies go exceptionally well with Prosecco
the crisp flavors of Italian bubbly elevate the creamy flavors of the cookie.

The popular Girl Scout cookie, Thin Mints, are a perfect companion to a Cabernet Franc, whose robust fruit flavors with a slight eucalyptus character amplifies the cookie.

chocolate, chips, cookie

Last but not least, chocolate chip cookies go great with a fruity Cabernet Sauvignon – the vanilla character adds a yummy richness!

International Treats

As is often a rule with food pairing, wine, and sweets from the same area of the world pair wonderfully.

Take for example, a cannoli. This Italian pastry is best paired with Marsala, a fortified wine from Sicily. The nutty elements of Marsala bring out delicious flavors when paired with the cannoli’s creamy Ricotta filling.

junk food wine pairing

France is considered the expert when it comes to both dessert and wine, so pairing them together is a no brainer! Airy macarons and fizzy Champagne make for a tasty balance, while Crème Brûlée and Sauternes bring out a delicious sweet vanilla flavor.

junk food wine pairing

Junk Food Wine Pairing: Savory Snacks

Savory snacks are like wine; delicious and slightly addicting! But should they be paired together? Is this a good junk food wine pairing?

Depending on your snack of choice, the right wine can lessen the guilty and amplify the pleasure.

Here are some wine and salty snack all-star pairings:

Popcorn and ChardonnayIts movie night and you want to add some vino with that bowl of popcorn – what do you pick? The obvious answer is a New World Chardonnay, and in this case, obvious is right. The malo flavors in the Chard compliment the buttery goodness of the popcorn!

Potato Chips and Champagne – Champagne’s crisp acidity and blissful bubblies plays perfectly with the salt and fat flavors of the chips and heightens the flavor of both.

BBQ Chips and Shiraz – Shiraz, with its flavors of white pepper, dark fruit and meat, compliments the spice and tang of the chip.

Cashews and AlbariñoAlbariño has a zesty acidity with notes of salinity and nuts, bringing the best flavors out of the cashews. This pairing will satisfy any salty craving, while also leaving you refreshed!

Beef Jerky and Zinfandel – Fruity Zin has a smoky tobacco quality that strikes a match with the peppery jerky.

Bruschetta and Rosè – The tomato-based bruschetta and the sweet, slightly acidic Rosè make for the perfect afternoon pick-me-up when paired together.

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