Food is such a big part of our lives, and it has evolved from just being a source of nutrition to something that provides us with pleasure, as well. It’s no wonder that we love to eat and share it with our loved ones. We all have our favorite restaurants, but there is something about fast food and wine that is just, dare I say, scrumptious! Whether you’re in the mood for a burger or some pizza, you seriously need to try these pairings.
Pairing wine with fast food is a tricky endeavor, but one that can lead to instant satisfaction. Here are my top picks for fast food and wine pairings you can try any day of the week.
10 Best Fast Food and Wine Pairings
1. McDonald’s French Fries and Champagne
McDonald’s is one of the largest fast food chains in the United States, it is known for its fast, affordable meals. The McDonald’s french fries and champagne pairing is a perfect combination of fast food and wine. To make this pairing, pour champagne over french fries and see what sparkling flavors you can discover.
2. Panda Express’ Kung Pao Chicken And Riesling
This combination is sweet and spicy. You can use a bit of fire in your selection with this combination. This pairing is also an alternative to a bbq sauce, which you can get at any food truck around town. Choose to from Panda Express’ Kung Pao chicken, or some other alternative, to add a bit more spice to your drinking experience.
3. Chipotle And Chardonnay
A Chardonnay is a wine that is broad-shouldered and rich, with a buttery finish. This is the perfect choice for a Chipotle pairing. The Chipotle chorizo burrito bowl with chips and guacamole combines perfectly with this pairing. This can be combined to make your food and wine experience unique. It is important to know the different wine pairings for your favorite foods and drinks. Chardonnay is a good selection for a Chipotle burrito bowl, showing the perfect balance of sweet, salty, and sour all in one.
4. Mcdonald’s Big Mac and Pinot Noir
This is a rich combination and can be tricky to find in your local fast food restaurant. However, it is possible to find it at certain wine shops and restaurants. The Big Mac is usually a large burger that consists of lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, and mayonnaise served on a sesame seed bun with a special sauce for extra flavor. This pairing can also be paired with a Pinot Noir called the pinot noir – which has nice black cherry fruitiness imparted by the botrytized grape skins.
5. Arby’s Horsey Sauce And Zinfandel
The horsey sauce that Arby’s is famous for can be used as a topping for their curly fries. This sauce can be bought and used on any kind of food or drink to add an extra kick to your meal. It is even better with Zinfandel, which is noted for its hefty tannin structure and the fine balance between the fruit and light spice that makes it so unique. The horsey sauce at Arby’s, paired with a Zinfandel, makes for a delicious and unusual pairing that you can use time and time again.
6. Subway’s Cheese And Cabernet
This pair is bursting with flavor. A cabernet makes a good choice for the Subway French dip sandwich, topped with cheese and served on Italian bread. This pairing is just as good with a cheese plate as it is with the French dip. The cheese plate at Subway makes an excellent choice when paired with the cabernet. This can also be used with other food types, and what you pair it with is up to your taste.
7. Chick-Fil-A’s chicken sandwich And Pinot Noir
This is another perfect example of a sweet and spicy combination of wine and fast food that will pair nicely together. With Chick-Fil-A’s chicken sandwich, you can drink a smooth Pinot Noir that has balanced acids and tannins. A soft tannic wine with a deep concentration of fruit and jammy structure is the most perfect match for this combo.
8. Dominoes Firecracker pizza And Riesling
Rieslings are known to have a fruity flavor with a light crisp finish. This makes it the perfect pairing for Domino’s Firecracker pizza. This pizza has lots of garlic, cheese, and spice that makes the cheese creamy with the different spices which all pair well together. The Riesling is best served chilled and pairs well with this spicy dish.
9. Verdejo and Taco Bell Crunchwrap
This is a sweet and spicy combo that you can use to make your pizza and taco lover happy. Verdejo has a fruity and floral taste that makes it the perfect wine choice for this taco dish. This fruit-forward wine doesn’t just work for Taco Bell’s crunch wrap but most any dish at Taco Bell so order a few different items to try out.
10. Dominoes and Sauvignon Blanc
This is another pairing that makes the perfect win-win combination that works for almost any occasion. Sauvignon Blanc is a crisp and fruity wine with moderate acidity and a beautiful tropical fruit flavor. Additionally, this wine also has some minerality that makes it the perfect match for this combination.
These are just a few examples of the many different ways you can pair fast food with wine. All are sure to satisfy and, of course, don’t be afraid to try your own pairings. Fast food and wine have a lot in common because they are both so versatile, the pairings are virtually endless!