5 Unexpected Wine Pairings

Wine is for special occasions, but it’s also for the everyday. It pairs well with more than just fancy cheeses, deluxe chocolates, and gourmet meals. Wine also pairs well with foods like fried chicken and scrambled eggs. The next time you pour a glass, consider giving these food and wine pairings a try.

Fried Chicken & Rosé

When most people think of Rosé, they probably don’t think of drinking it alongside an 8-piece chicken bucket from KFC. These two vibes couldn’t be more different. People associate Rosé with wine Wednesday at a trendy bar and aesthetic charcuterie boards. Fried chicken, on the other hand, is associated with potluck picnics and fast-food restaurants. 

Despite their differences, this unexpected wine pairing deserves high praise. The fruitiness of Rosé blends seamlessly with the chicken’s crispy fried layers to create a delicious pairing. If the chicken has a bit of a kick, Rosé’s acidity cuts through the spicy flavors to soothe the palate. At your next Saturday brunch with friends, suggest this fried chicken wine pairing for the table. 

Wine Cellar Bottle Recommendations:

Curious Rose

Les Allies Sparkling Brut Rose

Il Casato Rose

French Fries & Sparkling

Imagine that you’re driving home after a long day at work, and all you want is to cozy up on your couch at home with a large order of McDonald’s french fries in one hand and a drink in the other. You get home—having eaten only a few stray fries that fell out of the cardboard container—and all you have is a bottle of bubbly left from your friend’s bachelorette party the weekend before. 

This might seem like an odd pairing, but french fries and Sparkling wine complement each other surprisingly well. The bubbles cleanse the palate from the greasy, salty fries, and the hint of sweetness in a drier bottle of Sparkling creates the perfect sweet and salty balance. Up your fast food game with this french fries and Sparkling wine pairing. 

Wine Cellar Bottle Recommendations:

Les Allies Brut Blanc De Blancs

Bourrasque Brut Vin Mousseux

Hot Dogs & Merlot

A  cookout with hot dogs sizzling on the grill can only get better with…Merlot? You might think an ice-cold beer is the best beverage to pair with a hot dog, but a smooth Merlot complements the dog’s smoky flavors. Merlot pairs especially well with hot dogs that are topped with yellow mustard because the wine’s sweet, fruity flavors soften the tart condiment. Make your next family cookout adult-friendly with a bottle of Merlot. 

Wine Cellar Bottle Recommendations:

Deeply Rooted Merlot

Las Vides Merlot

Scrambled Eggs & Sauvignon Blanc

Whether you’re planning brunch at your place or having breakfast for dinner, scrambled eggs are a must. They’re a staple item that goes well with just about anything—even a glass of Sauvignon Blanc. This crisp, refreshing white wine lightens the rich, buttery scrambled eggs to balance out the flavors. Make this ordinary food item a little extra special with a glass of Sauvignon Blanc. 

Sauvignon Blanc Bottle Recommendations:

William Knuttel Sonoma County Sauvignon Blanc

Seaside Cellars Sauvignon Blanc

PB&J & Cabernet Sauvignon

For anyone who wants to put an adult spin on a childhood staple, try pairing Cabernet Sauvignon with a PB&J sandwich. The peanut butter in a PB&J sandwich has a thick, creamy texture with rich flavors.

What wine goes with PB&J?

A wine that is sweet and pairs well with PB&J is Sauvignon Blanc. This white wine has a refreshing acidity and fruity flavor. Cabernet Sauvignon is a slightly dry red wine with medium acidity and berry flavors. These contrasting flavor combinations balance each other out. Such a refreshing wine helps wash down the sticky peanut butter, and the berry flavors bring out the fruity taste of the jelly. A glass of Cabernet Sauvignon puts a fun twist on this quick and easy lunch staple. 

Wine Cellar Bottle Recommendations:

4 Estaciones Winter Cabernet Sauvignon

A Tavola Cabernet Sauvignon

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At The Wine Cellar Group, we source affordable boutique-style wines from family-run vineyards all over the world. We focus on bringing deserved attention to lesser-known, premium quality wines. If you want to try one of the unexpected food and wine pairings listed above, check out our assortment of over 500 wines online, or visit us in one of our 12 stores nationwide. 


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