Brooke Sager is a freelance writer "fueled by 9am coffee and 4:58pm wine" (cheers to that!), whose work can be found in Thrillist, Cosmopolitan, MSN, and more. Brooke is breaking down wine pairings for a few of everyone's favorite eat-at-home meals. Read on and try them for yourself!
Sitting down at a restaurant and splurging on a delicious meal has its perks, but dining in the comfort of our own homes instead has become more and more popular. According to recent data, consumers are eating at home 80% of the time these days, an increase from last decade. Contributing factors to this growing trend could be increasing restaurant prices, the rise of meal delivery services, and the convenience of ordering in.
Whether you’re whipping up your own culinary feast or placing an order on GrubHub, here’s a little guidance on can’t-go-wrong wine pairings with six of everyone’s favorite eat-at-home meals.
On the menu: Eggs & Hash Browns
If you ask me, brunch in your very own kitchen is the best kind of brunch there is—especially since you can BYO mimosas! No matter what’s on the menu, craft this staple brunch cocktail with 90+ Cellars Lot 50 Prosecco since its fruity profile plays well with OJ instead of competing with it.
Now, if you’re whipping up savory eggs (over easy, please) and frying up hashbrowns, you could skip the mixer and serve pink bubbly, like 90+ Cellars Lot 49 Sparkling Rosé—its clean acidity and bubbles cut through the creamy yolks and bring fruity balance to herby potatoes.
On the menu: Pizza
A pizza party isn’t a party without the wine. When it comes to selecting a bottle, let the toppings be your compass. A pepperoni or meat-lovers pie calls for a full-bodied red with texture to cancel out the greasy fat and seasoning overdose from all that sausage, beef, and pork (try: 90+ Cellars Lot 21 French Fusion Red).
With veggie-topped pizza, you’ll want to sip on 90+ Cellars Lot 2 Sauvignon Blanc—its bright acidity, zest, and “green” flavors will mingle nicely with the onions, peppers, olives, etc.
On the menu: BBQ Chicken
Fire up the grill! Sticky sweet-and-savory BBQ chicken is dripping with strong flavors—yet surprisingly, wines from two different sides of the spectrum can perfectly complement this hearty meal. 90+ Cellars Lot 163 Merlot makes a great sip alongside this cookout staple, with its fruity and smoky notes matching the flavors in the sauce and chargrilled meat.
If you like your BBQ on the spicy side, consider a semi-sweet white like 90+ Cellars Lot 66 Riesling—its refreshingly juicy flavors help tone down the heat.
On the menu: Steak
If you’re treating yourself to a sizzling steak dinner on the house (well, your house), this meal calls for none other than a big, bold red. 90+ Cellars Lot 148 Cabernet Sauvignon has the full body and red-fruit character to stand up to beef’s robust flavors (plus its marinade, pepper, smoke, etc.); it also boasts the tannins to cut through the fat and bring out even more flavor in the steak. Talk about a perfect pairing!
On the menu: Burgers & Fries
Sure, burgers-and-beer works just fine—but burgers-and-wine takes this meal to a whole new flavor level. Once again, you can’t go wrong if you let your toppings dictate what you pour. A classic, juicy burger topped with American cheese and tomato begs for a glass of 90+ Cellars Lot 157 Pinot Noir—the earthy flavors and acidity will stand up to meat and cheese, while the red-fruit aromas go down nicely with fries and ketchup.
For burger fixins like blue cheese, grilled onions, and mushrooms, opt for a bigger red wine with spice-and-herb characteristics like 90+ Cellars Lot 162 Cotes du Rhone—the fruit flavors and peppery finish make for a well-rounded experience.
Grilling up turkey burgers and piling on the goat cheese and creamy aioli? A cool-climate California Chardonnay like 90+ Cellars Lot 152 Chardonnay is ideal, thanks to its silky texture and not-too-oaky profile.
On the menu: Spaghetti & meatballs
This quintessential Italian-American dish calls for lush and hearty Italian red wine—opening anything else would kill the moment. Seek a red wine that displays vibrant acidity and some tannins to complement the stewed tomato sauce; plus, it has to be big enough to stand a chance against beef meatballs. 90+ Cellars Lot 60 Langhe Rosso hails from Piedmont, Italy and make for a delizioso pairing.
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