Have you ever tried to pick out a good wine to go with your dinner? White with fish, red with meat, right? Ok, now what goes with Fruit Loops? Yeah, I would have had no idea either, but it turns out, there's a nice 2011 Rose that'll go perfectly. In fact, it even makes it taste better.
Last night I had the chance to sit in on a "Junk Food Wine Pairing Class" taught by Michael Pierce, owner and wine director at Maverick. Michael has taught more than 10 different pairing classes focused on junk food, brought on by the fact that he "can't eat anything without thinking about what wine would go with it."
The way he figured out what wines would go with Wisconsin cheese curds is a mystery to me. I'll be damned if that wasn't the best "cheese stick" I've ever had, but paired with the Blanc de Blancs from New Mexico, I suddenly tasted flavors that no cheese curd could have had alone.
Next up was a great sauvignon blanc with, what else? Fritos. Yeah, thats right, Fritos. Not even dressed up, people. We're talking about a big bowl of Fritos.
After that savory, crunchy course, we moved on to a barbera with a bowl of Skyline Cincinnati chili, three-way style. For those of us not from the Ohio region, that apparently means chili served over spaghetti with cheddar cheese all over it.
Finally, for "dessert," we had the Rose with Fruit Loops. Do I even need to say anything else about this? Other than the fact that it was fucking delicious? Seriously. I don't even like sweet cereal, and I ate every last loop.
I can't say I'm all that knowledgable about wines, but Mike is a treasure trove of information, and he's more than happy to share it. He has no problem handling the dumb questions (which I definitely had). And when someone tells him they don't like the wine, he's not worried, because usually they'll like it after they've had it paired with the food.
If you have a chance, make sure to stop in for one of Maverick's JFWP seminars. The next one is on June 13th, and Mike promises to never repeat a food, so this one's sure to be a stretch... a delicious one.