Nontraditional Wine Pairings

Pairing wine with peanut butter and jelly?


Wine goes with everything.

I know what you’re thinking - everything? No way - only cheese, dark chocolate and a nice filet mignon.

Not quite, my friends!

Personally, I think wine is just as much the every man’s drink as a frothy mug of beer. Sure that may deflate a belief some revere – the notion that wine is meant for the more superior of society, or reserved for our classiest of moments amongst friends; but that’s not how life works. Sometimes you just want a chilled glass of Pinot after a long day at the office and you can’t seem to scrounge up enough energy to both pour a glass of wine and prepare a “worthy” meal. It happens and there’s no reason to shove the bottle back into the depths of your refrigerator simply because it’s a frozen mac and cheese type of evening.
In other words, there’s no need to sacrifice your nightly glass of wine simply because you don’t feel like having a fancy enough meal to justify sips of a luxurious Cabernet.

There don’t need to be any more rules established! Wine is meant to be enjoyed, so this weekend I decided to take matters into my own hands and create a list of some nontraditional wine pairings. You know, like what goes best with a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

For the pairings, I selected a bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon and a Merlot for the reds, and a Riesling and Chardonnay for the whites. All tasted relatively standard for their respective varietals, and served as the basis for each of the pairings. I then gathered a few friends for an impromptu wine pairing party, and we surrounded ourselves with some foods not generally served alongside such wines, or at least not at any wine pairing I’ve ever attended – including in Napa.

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  • Snooth User: gummybear
    977759 30

    I'm super excited about trying the riesling popcorn combo. I always ate popcorn with a chardonnay but it will be new and exciting with a sweeter wine. My favorite "odd" pairing is a chardonnay with candy corn. Buttery and sweet, it's a winner in my book.

    Nov 25, 2011 at 5:52 PM

  • Snooth User: cami527
    976212 4

    I love this idea of wine with "regular" pantry items I work 3-11 and come home not wanting a meal but something light plus a glass of wine, cant wait to try the peanut butter and jelly and cab combo

    Nov 26, 2011 at 12:04 AM

  • What fun!!! The bottom ine is enjoy wine.

    Nov 26, 2011 at 6:08 PM

  • I often like a white wine when cooking, but if its lamb, most recommend a red to go with the food that is later served up..

    Yet, after several bottles of research and mismatched lamb risk, I am happy to recommend with lamb, a good quality Pinot Gris or Pinot Grigio. These typically come from North Italy/alto adige, or the Alsace region of France. Its the one white that seems to work, even if the lamb is spiced or even served with a curry. Dry Rose wines work too, but thats beginning to move towards reds.

    Nov 28, 2011 at 9:45 AM

  • Snooth User: EBGB
    902774 24

    Acidic white or fino / manzanilla with a toasted cheese sandwich works every time for me. And, possibly a little Anglocentric, Chablis with fish & chips. Acidity & fat at a comfort food level - sorted.

    Jan 06, 2012 at 4:23 PM

  • Snooth User: Joelster
    807875 0

    A good Chianti with an Anchovie Pizza

    Jan 06, 2012 at 8:22 PM

  • Snooth User: ALICEPEARL
    591767 46

    this from a cocktail napkin: i always cook with wine. sometimes i even put it in my food.

    i always have wine to sip while i'm cooking. it just feels right!!

    Jan 07, 2012 at 4:28 PM

  • Snooth User: EmmaJansen
    1339600 34

    that's nice

    Sep 07, 2013 at 12:58 AM

  • extremely good

    Sep 08, 2013 at 4:11 PM

  • wonderful

    Sep 09, 2013 at 3:23 PM

  • Snooth User: cglaw2013
    1341096 33


    Sep 11, 2013 at 4:10 AM

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