Monday, August 4, 2014

Wine Tip of the Week: Eat This Drink That Series - Can you Say "PB&J"?

Decadent dishes with foie gras and truffles are great and all, but sometimes you need to satisfy your craving with a simple classic. What is more classic than a good old Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich? (OK, maybe a grilled cheese, we'll tackle that pairing in another posting!) Perhaps an early harbinger of becoming a wino, my childhood favorite drink for a PB&J was Welches grape soda. A sweet tasting soda is a great pairing, as the salty and sweet mix with the peanut butter is a great mix, plus the sweetness of the drink stands up to the sweetness of the jelly.  But we want to have wine with our sammie!

Eating this?:
  • Food: The PBJ, just bread peanut butter and jelly or jam.
Drink this:
  • Drink something sweet and nutty like a Madiera or Pedro Ximenez Sherry. Be careful of other Sherry styles like Fino, Manzanilla, or Amontillado - these dryer styles will pair nicely with the Peanut Butter, but will clash with the sweetness of the jelly.
  • Drink other wines with some sweetness - real sweetness from residual sugar. An off-dry sparkling, Riesling, or Chenin Blanc would pair nicely, especially if the jelly is made from a light colored fruit such as peach or apricot.
Avoid this:
  • Avoid any dry wine - your wine should always be sweeter that the food you are pairing or the two will clash.
  • Avoid sickly sweet wines. A Port, Tokaji or Sauternes will taste good for a few bites, but the richness may get overwhelming as you finish off your sandwich - especially if you have a side of potato chips to wash down!

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