If this is part of your hectic schedule during the next few weeks you just might be bringing in your favorite fast foods.
Or, if you are just on over-load and it’s too hot to cook, then these few tips just might make you happy. Hey, I definitely savor those days I don’t have to cook so I know how you feel.
When you are out shopping for wine pick up an off-dry Riesling and a sparkling wine to have ready for your take-out.
The lightly sweet white wine is a must have if you like spicy, Asian style foods, spicy Mexican, or Indian style take-out. And sparkling wine is a must have for any celebration with or without food. TIP: These spicy, or sweet/sour dishes need a wine with a touch of sweetness. If the wine is too dry it will taste bitter with those flavors.
For pizzas and spaghetti with red sauces choose a Chianti from Italy. TIP: Chianti has the acidity to match the acidity in the tomato sauce. This is a pairing of matching the food and wine from the same region.
If fried chicken is your passion choose a full-bodied buttery Chardonnay from California. These oaked whites have the richness to match the rich fried chicken. TIP: For red wine drinkers, try a fruit forward Pinot Noir. Another choice could be a sparkling wine. The bubbles cut through the richness and can be a great pairing for this very special take-out meal.
Many of the old world wine pairings can be a little out-dated in our new millennium. Today we can drink the wines we like with the foods we like, though it’s good to remember that some flavor combinations do not always go together.
So bring home your favorite take-out after a hectic day of party planning. Enjoy the party season and toast the guest of honor with a little bubbly.