Wine Snacks Pairing

Usually when people think of Wine Food Pairing they think red wine with beef, white wine with fish, champagne or port with dessert.

What do you do if you are having snacks?  Is there a suggested pairing for popcorn or cheese curls, nuts or chocolate?

Below you will find some Wine Snacks Pairing that might surprise you.

Sure, there are suggestions and while nothing is cast in stone, here are some Wine Snacks Pairing:

  • Tortilla Chips: Try a fruity or sweeter Chardonnay to complement salsa or a heartier white wine if you are having guacamole. Sauvignon Blanc lends a nice light, crisp balance to salty chips.
  • Nachos: Zinfandel or Syrah goes nicely with Nachos cheese, as does a Cabernet Sauvignon or a Petite Sirah
  • Popcorn: Champagne, Sparkling Wine or Chardonnay. Chardonnay’s buttery flavors go well with buttered popcorn.
  • Potato Chips: The rule of thumb here is the more flavored the chip, the heavier the wine. Plain chips goes well with light wines such as Sauvignon Blanc,or Sparkling Wines. Try a Merlot or Pinot Noir with lightly flavored chips such as onion flavor or if you are using a sour cream dip. Barbequed chips have a heavy flavor and need a heartier wine to pair, such as a Zinfandel, Petite Sirah or Cabernet.
  • Pretzels: Try something fruity to complement the salt, such as a White Zinfandel or a Merlot.
  • Cheese Curls: Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Syrah or Petite Sirah all go well with cheese flavors.
  • Hummus Dips: Go light with Sauvignon Blanc for a white wine. If you prefer red, go with a light Pinot Noir.
  • Veggies & Dip: If you prefer a red wine, go with a Merlot to balance the taste of the veggies. A Sauvignon Blanc will let the flavors of the dip and veggies come through.

  • Chocolate (70% Cocoa or less): Syrah provides a balanced red fruit to match the vanilla notes in the chocolate.
  • Chocolate (85% or more Cocoa): Zinfandel has the heavier flavors to blend with the richness of the deeper chocolate.
  • Chocolate that includes any type of pepper: Ports contrast the wine’s sweetness with the spiciness of the chocolate.
  • Chocolate with any type of salt: White Zinfandel or other Rose' Wines with their sweetness, pair well with chocolates that include salt (ie Sea Salt, nuts). You might also get by with a very light Pinot Noir.
  • Mixed nuts and dried fruits: Merlot, Syrah, or any medium-bodied California Red Wine.
  • Almonds: Chardonnay, Port, or Sauvignon Blanc go well with this nut.
  • Hazelnuts: Chardonnay or Port.
  • Peanuts: Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc.
  • Walnuts: Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir or Port.
  • Beer Nuts: Beer!

If you are like us and didn't really think about having a California Wine with these common snacks, you may be in for a pleasant surprise. Wine Snacks Pairing is fun! We especially love California Red Wine with Chocolates and Chocolate Desserts. 

When you have made your choices about Wine Snacks Pairing, use these links to each individual California Wine Varietal Page, so you can find the right wine: Cabernet Sauvignon; Chardonnay; Merlot; Petite Sirah; Pink Wines; Pinot Noir; Ports; Red Blends; Sauvignon Blanc; Sparkling Wines; Syrah; Zinfandel.

Check out our Wine Serving Temperatures page for the proper serving temperatures for the various California Wines mentioned below.


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