- Posted by Danielle Gillespie
Inspired by a barista with a grumpy attitude (how is that even a thing?), I thought some practical wine pairing tips might be useful for wine lovers and the wine-curious alike. Here are some inspired recommendations.
THE SALTY ATTITUDE
In much the same way that you might want to chase your potato chips with a chocolate bar or top your bacon with caramel, so too is the salty food/sweet wine paring magical. In fact, I feel compelled to further examine this idea and conclude that ALL things salty go with sweeter wines. Who is to say that the salty food is even necessary for a successful pairing? What I am suggesting is that even a salty attitude can pair nicely with a sweet wine. For the Salty Attitude situation, I choose a Riesling, a well-known wine that is primarily produced in the US, Germany and France. The grape gives off lovely impressions of honey, apricot, pineapple and pear. There is nothing this sun-shiny wine cannot cure so the next time you encounter a salty attitude, offer up a Riesling (and a smile).
Humidity is a job for our friend Vinho Verde. I was reluctant to suggest this pairing because Vinho Verde is a lesser know grape variety from Portugal. But when your body has been drained of energy and humidity has wrapped a noose around your brain, this wine is your go-to remedy. Vinho Verde is a zingy wine that effervesces ever so slightly. You want to drink it young and, as the need arises, even out of a red Solo cup.
GETTING THE MAIL FROM YOUR MAILBOX
Going for the mail is an easy pairing. You want something fruit forward (think strawberries, so it’s healthy) with a little earth (you are doing a job after all). The wine must go down easy but should never weigh you down. Our pick for Getting the Mail is Pinot Noir. Note: the recommended timeframe for this pairing is afternoon, but, we are not here to judge.
ANNIVERSARY SALE, NORDSTROM, OPENING DAY
You may be tempted to skip lunch but, don’t do it! You are going to need your energy to get the best deals and you must stay hydrated at all times. Our recommendation for Opening Sale Day is a fresh, crisp white wine that will wake you up, hydrate and refresh. Search for a nice Sauvignon Blanc, preferably one from New Zealand, to help you regroup and recharge. Trust me you will not regret it.
Champagne, with its fun-loving bubbles and celebratory air is the perfect complement to any kind of angst. Why? Because it is the complete and exact opposite of angst on the on the wine-itude spectrum. Consider Dom Perignon’s famous quote after his first sip of Champagne, “I am tasting the stars.” How could your mood not be elevated under such conditions? Please note that any sparkler, not just a proper Champagne, is good for what makes you angsty.
Zinfandel. No question. Preferably with a straw (see picture). This wine is primarily jammy, sometimes earthy and goes with most foods and moods. The great thing about Zinfandel is that it is the perfect mix of complexity; it is complex enough to inspire creativity but not so complex as to distract.