It's the best day of the year — no, it's not my birthday or Halloween or anything like that — it's National Drink Wine Day. Not to be confused with National Wine Day, which falls on May 25th. Not really sure what the difference between those two days is, but whatever. I'm not really complaining — I don't need a national day to tell me to drink wine, especially if that day falls on a Saturday. That being said, drinking wine is easy; knowing what wine to pair with food can get tricky. So I've compiled a handy guide of sorts to food and wine pairings for National Drink Wine Day.
We all know the basics of wine pairing, like red wine pairs with meat and white wine pairs with fish — although The Chew's Clinton Kelly actually recommends pairing a light red wine with meatier fish like salmon and swordfish. Mind. Blown. What else have I been lied to about my whole life? But, anyway, what about the food you actually eat on a Saturday, like pizza bites and sushi and takeout? What wines do you pair with those? Never fear, I will attempt to cover all the main Saturday food groups so you can have a fulfilling and well-informed National Drink Wine Day.
It's Olivia Pope's favorite food, and a major food group in my own diet. But what's the best vino for popcorn? Winespectator.com's own wine doctor, Dr. Vinny, recommends a Chardonnay. Chardonnay often has buttery flavors, which complements the buttery flavors in your popcorn.
Pizza. It's more than a food — it's a lifestyle. So when you're spending time with bae, consider pairing it with Merlot; the medium-bodied red also pairs well with pasta and pork chops.
If you're eating sushi, the obvious choice is to pair it with sake — but there are grape wine options that can work pretty well, too. Forbes recommends pairing sushi with a light German or Alsace Riesling, one that isn't too dry or too sweet.
There isn't a one-wine-fits all when it comes to Chinese food, so I'll cover a few good options based on your menu item of choice. Forbes came through in the clutch again with some recommendations. Try a smooth Argentinian Malbec to complement something with sweet BBQ sauce, like BBQ Pork. Cooking Light recommends something with low acidity, like Sauvignon Blanc or a sparkling wine, to go with lo mein. If your go-to is Szechuan Chicken, consider an off-dry Riesling, one whose acidity offsets its sweetness.
French Fries And Ketchup
French fries and ketchup: It's a tale as old as time. Consume this classic combo with Champagne — not just so I can continue my alliteration, but because the bright acidity can cut through the fat, and certain Champs have biscuity toast notes. Whatever that means.
Happy National Drink Wine Day, everybody. Cheers.