by Daenna Van Mulligen
Go ahead and get comfy—we’ve put together a selection of seriously good wines and some cutlery-free snack ideas.
Chardonnay & Popcorn Rich and creamy—a full-throttle Chardonnay may seem formidable when it comes to snack pairing. Fear not, it’s actually quite easy to find a complementary nosh. Roasted nuts are magical with this style of wine, as are smoked cheeses, buckets of breaded chicken, warm cornbread, creamy chicken salad on a croissant, or corn on the cob. However, the simplicity of a bowl of buttered popcorn should never be overlooked— toss in some truffle oil and grated Parmesan and you have a culinary wine and food masterpiece. From California, Bread & Butter is just the brazen Chardonnay you’ll require with its distinct caramel, dried pineapple and clove notes; it demands an equally fulsome snack.
BREAD & BUTTER CHARDONNAY USA $23.99 199367
Lambrusco & Pizza Lambrusco is a purple-stained variety from Italy’s northern Emilia-Romagna region with a distinct grapey-floral character. Technically a sparkling wine, Lambrusco falls on the fizzy side of the bubbly spectrum, like Prosecco, and they also come in dry and off-dry versions. With tannic structure, acidity and palate- cleansing bubbles, Lambrusco can easily stand up to classic tomato-based pizzas, salami, sheep’s milk cheeses and figs wrapped in prosciutto drizzled with aged balsamico. With the off-dry versions, pairings of sweet and spicy deep-fried cauliflower or Indian pakoras will shine. Medici Ermete’s dry frothy Concerto Lambrusco is an excellent example of the variety, offering rose petal, pomegranate and maraschino cherry notes.
MEDICI ERMETE CONCERTO LAMBRUSCO REGGIANO FRIZZANTE Italy $19.99 571968
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