Pairing wine with fast food? This sommelier gives tips

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Ordered burgers, fried chicken or burritos? There is a good chance that that first beer will open before the delivery person rings your doorbell. But what if you make it a sport to choose a suitable wine instead of beer, perfectly matching those greasy bites? This sommelier thought it was a cool thought experiment and explains his best wine & fast food pairings .

The sommelier in question is André Mack, one of the permanent staff at Bon Appétit . He explains: ”Would nice wines match with cheap fast food? I like it, mainly because of that contrast between high and low. Because it doesn’t matter what kind of food you have in front of you, you just want the right wine, right?”

Pairing fast food with wine: tips from a sommelier

Classic burgers and wine

Are you going for the good old hamburger with fries? Opt for the same type of wines as the ones you would match with steak. Italian steak wine for example, such as Brunello di Montalcino . This Tuscan wine is made from the Sangiovese grape and contains a lot of tannins, which will temper the strong taste of your burger in a pleasant way.


Fries are a nice match with German Riesling, especially a Riesling Kabinett . Both the acidity and the subtle sweetness in the wine balance the saltiness in the fries nicely.


Whether you order burritos, crunch wraps or quesadillas , the flavors of these types of Tex Mex dishes are often rich, greasy and spicy. André recommends wines from Alsace in France; those are low in alcohol and a little sweet. That sweetness offers a nice counterbalance to the heat that is characteristic of Tex-Mex.

Fried chicken and wine

We’re not going to name names, but if you order from that one well-known chain with fried chicken, choose a sparkling wine. More specific: opt for a pet-nat wine (pet-nat stands for petillant natural , French for naturally sparkling).

The light carbonation in these types of wines works great with chicken, André explains. The acidity is also important, because it matches nicely with the seasonings and spices in the crispy jackets of the chicken.

Pairing pizza and wine

Is a pepperoni pizza on its way to you? The message is to bring a Barolo – ”the king of Italian wines” – into your home. Where pizza can quickly become monotonous, this wine will take your dining experience to the next level.

Actually, you can remember two things from this: Italian food goes well with Italian wines, and complex wines go well with basic dishes like pizza.

Fish burgers

Fried fish and tartar sauce in a sandwich, that’s the taste of the ocean! We blink our eyes when we see what André does with his fish burger: without batting an eyelid, he spoons in a generous portion of caviar and serves his caviar-fish burger with a glass of champagne.

Over the top? Decadent? A little sin? All, if you ask us. But André is having fun with it, and maybe you will soon too.

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