Yes, Soul Food, that rich and homey Southern tradition. Whether it’s a scrumptious macaroni and cheese, or a comforting hearty stew, knowing which wine will help you achieve the full potential of your Soul Food can turn an ordinary meal into an unforgettable experience.
4Macaroni and Cheese
If you’re looking for that perfect wine to have with some good old-fashioned, creamy macaroni and cheese, try a zesty off-dry Riesling. The sweetness of the wine creates the perfect balance with the saltiness of the cheese. This choice also does another great thing for you, it cleanses your palate so you can enjoy more mac n’ cheesy goodness!
When you think of fried chicken, you automatically think of its crunchy, greasy and salty skin. For this pairing you can again try an off-dry Riesling, but we’re going to go with a Lambrusco. This wine’s acidity and tannin go great with fatty foods, therefore it’s a great candidate for southern fried chicken meal. Next on the list we have pork. Pork is a very special case, since it can be paired with almost all type of wine. For spicy pork you can have a spicy white wine with a hint of sweetness like the Gewürztraminer
If you prepare some BBQ ribs then it is best to have it with a red wine with spicy flavors and low tannins. A red Zinfandel wine would fit the description perfectly. Bubba would approve our next pairing. Since shrimp gumbo has an incredibly rich flavor, it means we need a wine with texture. For this dish we’re going to spice things up a bit by pairing this dish with a rosé wine instead. A medium-bodied rosé, like the 2009 Miner Family Gibson Ranch Rosato, with its tangy cherry pomegranate flavors, is more than enough to cut through the richness and sweet enough to deal with any spicy flavors.
To cap off this delicious read, we’re pairing fried fish. Like other fried foods, fried fish tends to be very salty as well as spicy, depending on how it is prepared. Smooth and dry white wine would go rather well with the salt and spice of fried fish. Try an unoaked Chardonnay or a Chenin Blanc. Now that you have 5 fantastic combinations of wine and soul food, why not try some of them out and let us know how you fared in the comments. Happy tastings!