Snacking on a handful of potato chips instead of a carefully-prepared plate of expensive cheeses and charcuterie doesn't mean you have to forgo drinking a glass of well-matched wine, at least according to Ray Isle, Food & Wine's executive wine editor. On the CNN Eatocracy blog, he reveals which wines to pair with doughnuts, Slim Jim's — even Spaghetti-O's!Finding the right wine for junk food means looking to its analog among more traditionally wine-friendly foods for ideas. Slim Jims are a dry sausage of sorts, for example, so Isle recommends looking for a red that pairs well with charcuterie, like Sicilian Nero d’Avolas, red blends from France’s Languedoc-Roussillon, and Spanish Monstrells.
Sugary pastries like doughnuts or even wedding cake demand a sparkling, sweet wine, like a demi-sec Champagne, or a less expensive equivalent. A doughnut and Champagne brunch? Sounds almost classy.
Anjali is a former private chef who is currently pursuing a graduate degree in nutrition, with plans to become a registered dietitian. She lives in Los Angeles. You can read more of her health-focused writing at Eat Your Greens.
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