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KFC Wine Pairings

Everbody needs a GoV (Glass of Wine!) on National Fried Chicken Day

 


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Yup, that's what the folks over at KFC seem to want us to call their grilled chicken. I mean, it's on the bucket. Of course, this is not really grilled chicken; it's roast chicken that's been branded.

As that, it's not bad at all. Mild and plain, a good foil for white wine, or so you would think. The Sauvignon Blanc turned fairly fruity and oddly tart here, as did the Verdejo. Both the Vouvray and the Riesling were just too much for the chicken, totally covering the bird's flavor, though the Riesling did taste delicious.  

Both the rosé and the Chardonnay worked pretty well with this dish, offering a nice textural complement to the chicken while finishing cleanly and fresh.

The Tempranillo just turned tannic and flat, and that left us one wine as a winner.

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  • I've found that a good fruit-forward Pinto Noir works with fried chicken

    Jul 06, 2011 at 12:08 PM


  • Snooth User: eron
    634924 3

    I actually did a similar series for pairings on my blog with two local BYO place in Los Angeles, Chego and Starry Kitchen! Both fairly inexpensive, amazing food, and award-winning chefs doing exciting asian-inspired food. Also, don't forget that an off-dry sparkling riesling (riesling Sekt) would probably be killer with KFC food! For Chego's pairings (korean rice-bowl glory by the inventor of the Korean Taco) check out http://eronrauch.blogspot.com/2011/... and for the pairings I came up with for the more subtle Vietnamese influence of Starry Kitchen look at http://eronrauch.blogspot.com/2011/... Keep up these fun posts!

    Jul 06, 2011 at 6:11 PM


  • Snooth User: Hoopie1
    874219 165

    The funny thing for me was the fact that I was eating dinner while reading this article. Rotiss. Chicken and a J Pinot Gris. Not too far from the KFC experience.

    Jul 06, 2011 at 9:54 PM


  • Snooth User: whauptman
    864967 2

    I can't imagine why anyone would want to eat KFC chicken, therefore I can't imagine why anyone would want to pair it with a wine. Since when did wine and grease pair?

    Jul 07, 2011 at 10:01 AM


  • Since when did wine and grease pair?

    Oh, don't ever eat lamb again

    Jul 07, 2011 at 12:50 PM


  • This series is so bad, it is good. Great hook.

    D

    Jul 07, 2011 at 3:53 PM


  • Snooth User: Aegelis
    515574 294

    Live a little folks. Instead of asking why all the time, ask "why not?" ;-)

    Jul 09, 2011 at 9:43 PM


  • Snooth User: BradITB
    889196 2

    Not surprised at all that the Vouvray worked so well with a bunch of the dishes. ;-)

    Believe it or not, sparkling Gruner Veltliner, while certainly off the beaten path, is a terrific match for fried chicken, as are a number of sparkling wines and Champagne.

    Jul 19, 2011 at 6:32 PM


  • Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
    Hand of Snooth Voice of Snooth
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    I can see the Sparkling Gruner working well here, and know you'd like the Vouvray, but Champagne? Really? We have finally found a way to make you drink Champagne!

    Jul 19, 2011 at 6:43 PM


  • Snooth User: jimdixon
    157309 0

    Here's my "go-to" junk food wine: Chinon. Plenty of acid to cut through the grease, but low tannins to avoid clashing with the food. I refer to Chinon as my "KFC wine".

    Aug 04, 2011 at 4:58 PM


  • Snooth User: Helen Poole
    1337036 29

    That's nice

    Aug 30, 2013 at 5:32 AM


  • Snooth User: anvilpep
    1370081 34

    greatnice

    Sep 24, 2013 at 12:43 AM


  • That's niceThat's nice

    Sep 27, 2013 at 1:58 AM


  • well

    Oct 07, 2013 at 12:02 AM


  • great

    Jan 21, 2014 at 12:55 AM


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