After a long day at work or school, you just want to curl up and binge-watch your favourite series to forget all the stress away. Sometimes you also want a quick fix to make you a bit happier (especially when meetings go wrong or reports go past deadlines), and you really don’t want to go out for a good meal to enjoy various types of wine. And when someone mentions wine, they always imagine it with steaks or cheeseboards filled with imported cold cuts and dices of exotic cheeses - which is something not that comforting. But rejoice! There’s good news for you all. There are types of wine that goes with just any average snack in your cupboards or leftover meal you have stashed away in the fridge. You can whip up a simple dish from your childhood and pair it with a glass of wine that you like - it can work out, and you might end up craving for it every night! Here are favourite pairs that are unconventional, but definitely comforting:
Meatloaf With Mashed Potatoes and Served With Classic Italian Reds
Remember the tasty and juicy meatloaf your dear old mom loves to prepare for Sunday dinners? Big and fruity wines like the Montepulciano d’Abruzzo and Nerello Mascalese would go well with a serving of that hearty dish. There are different types of wine that you can explore with the meatloaf, but you can never go wrong with a classic glass of red wine. The dark cherry and raspberry fruitiness that you can taste in these wines complement the heavily spiced and hearty meatloaf. Don’t forget to make your mashed potato extra creamy too!
Reuben Sandwich With Dill Pickle and a Side of Chips, Served With Classic Reds
You’ve probably tried the hearty and meaty Reuben sandwich that’s loved by many (sometimes adding more cheese than what the sandwich can handle). Add some dill pickles in the sandwich for a tarty flavour and a crunchy texture in every bite. This meal is better paired with a classic and acidic Zweigelt and Italian Bonarda. The dark and tarty fruity taste of the wines tastes well with the classic rye bread that’s usually used in Reuben sandwiches. Choose your favourite bag of chips for the side, but the best is still Sour Cream and Onions (Bruno Mars even wrote a song for it!). There are still various types of wine that might go well with this dish, but the best is still the classic reds.
Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches With a Side of Cheesy Curls, Served with Rosé
Contrary to popular belief, peanut butter is actually very Canadian, so go make this sandwich with the Canadian favourite with a bit of your choice of jelly, but it goes well with strawberry. Pick your choice of curls - just cheesy or extra hot and cheesy ones. This simple snack goes well with a delicate glass of rosé. Its sweet and delicate flavour compliments well with the snack.
Ramen With a Glass of Bubbly
While you promised yourself in college that you will never eat a bowl of ramen when you become an adult, sometimes it can’t be helped. When you’re just dead tired, all you can fix is a hot cup of instant ramen and a glass of soda. Swap your favourite glass of soda and pop open a choice of bubbly - Lambrusco or Prosecco works just fine. With your choice of shrimp or chicken, you can choose various types of wine with sweet tones and a bit of tartness to compliment the salty savoury ramen bowl.
Bean and Cheese Burrito Served With Classic Reds
A burrito is easily a hearty and savoury favourite for stressed people. Think of cheesy and chewy goodness with a glass of Rioja Crianza or Sangiovese, depending on what red wine you want to indulge in. The leathery and peppery notes you can find in reds like Rioja Crianza or Sangiovese compliments the savoury and smoky serving of burritos. Whether you bought it or made your own, you can never go wrong with a glass of red wine.
Barbecued Pork Slices and Potato Salad Served With White Wines
If you have some leftover ribs with special vinegary BBQ sauce covered in every inch, what you would need is an acidic and fruity drink specifically like an off-dry Riesling to complement the meal. It would work with an extra slather of world-famous Carolina sauces. However, if you enjoy a sweeter barbecue instead, go for something like Tannat, or any types of wine with a tannic taste. The sweet taste of the barbecue and the bitterness of the types of wine you choose will complement each other. A helping of potato salad will help you handle the savoury flavours of the dish, it just blends well!
Classic Fish and Chips Served With White Wines
Everyone enjoys a greasy snack of fish and chips every now and then since it has this mysterious power to cheer people up. For this fishy delicacy, go for white wines with strong acidity like Picpoul or Blanquette de Limoux. With its zesty tastes, it complements the greasy fish fingers (especially if you don’t have a lemon wedge in your house). It removes the fishy aftertaste and it makes the flavour more enjoyable.
Pizza Rolls With Classic Italian Reds
This is probably a classic snack that people of all ages enjoy - from as young as 5 to as old as 90 (with moderation of course). This hearty snack is loved by all, but did you know this snack tastes better with a glass of Chianti or Nero d’Avola? Nero d’Avola has this sophisticated tones of cured meat, perfect for the crispy pepperoni inside these greasy faves.
Classic Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup With Reds
Everyone loves a good greasy plate of grilled cheese and a side of tomato soup when the day gets tough. It has this peppery taste that works well with the hearty and rich tomato soup. The fatty grilled cheese also compliments the wine - reds are rich with acidity that makes greasy food more tolerable. The best types of wine you can go for would be these reds: Chilean Carménère or Cabernet Franc.