How & What: Salty Food & Wine Pairings

How & What: Salty Food & Wine Pairings

How do you pair salty food and wine?

The Rule: Pair Salty Food with Acidic Wine

How do you pair French fries, salted popcorn, pickled foods, and the recipe that called for a teaspoon of salt but got a tablespoon...with wine? Simple. Add acid.

Salt dries our mouth out. We pair salt with acid - or, to be more clear, beverages with high acidity- because acid makes our mouth water.

It's called balance.

Examples of acidic beverages include pop (or soda...I guess), champagne, pinot noir, gruner veltliner, coffee, and many, many more. 

Examples of non-acidic drinks include water, low-fat milk, and smoothies. So this partly explains why chips are so much more satisfying with pop than water.

Salty Food & Wine Pairing Suggestions

  • Movie popcorn and Gamay
  • French fries and Pinot Noir
  • Oysters and Chablis
  • Charcuterie and Pinot Noir
  • Pickles and corn beef sandwich and Semi-Dry Riesling

The Golden Rule: Drink What Tastes Good to You

Despite these lovely guidelines, the best pairing is always the one you prefer. So drink a lot, taste a lot, and record your impressions to learn what you like.

What is your favorite salty food and wine pairing?

Comment below and let us know!

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