12 Styles of Fries Paired With Wine | VinePair

12 Styles of Fries Paired With Wine

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12 Styles of Fries Paired With Wine

We’ve all been there before: It’s nearly midnight and you’ve been drinking for the past few hours, and, as expected, those drunchies are starting to kick in. Deep down you know you’ll regret it, but in this moment, you absolutely need the breadiest, greasiest thing you can get your hands. Your mind zeroes in on one thing and one thing only: a basket of deliciously crisp, crunchy French fries. Whether you swing for truffle, cheese, or curly, there’s a wine-and-fry pairing out there for you.

Disclaimer: Read within the vicinity of a French fry-serving establishment — you’re gonna want start snacking immediately.

Standard Fries – Champagne

Wine and Fries Pairing Cheese Fries Verdejo Regular Plain Champagne

The most classic (and arguably, most delicious) wine-and-fry pairing of them all. The high acid, bubbles, and yeasty flavors of Champagne complement the salt, fat, and carby goodness of America’s favorite side dish. If you’ve never consumed this duo as a pair, you haven’t lived.

Belgian Fries – Sauvignon Blanc

Wine and Fries Pairing Belgian Mayonnaise Sauvignon Blanc

Basically your standard fries slathered in mayo. You either love it or you hate it. Regardless, the acidity and backbone of a solid Sauvignon Blanc will cut straight through the fatty goodness of the mayonnaise.

Cheese Fries – Verdejo

Wine and Fries Pairing Cheese Fries Verdejo

The clean, fruit-forward flavors of a Spanish Verdejo pair gorgeously with an array of cheeses, making this varietal a safe bet for any cheese you decide to melt over your salty fries.

Poutine – Pinot Noir

Wine and Fries Pairing Poutine Pinot Noir

This classic Quebecois dish is everything you could possibly want after a night of drinking. Think greasy fries slathered in gravy and cheese curds. A Burgundian Pinot Noir amplifies the earthy flavors of the gravy, while the acidity cuts through the fatty cheese curds. A must-try.

Chili Cheese Fries – Cotes du Rhone

Wine and Fries Pairing Chili Cheese Fries Cotes du Rhone

The black fruit and earthy spice flavors of a good CDR are heavenly with chili, while also complementing the layer of cheesy goodness melted on top. Meat and cheese lovers, this one’s for you.

Truffle Fries – Barolo

Wine and Fries Pairing Barolo Truffle Fries

Take your wine-and-fry pairing up a notch (or few) by drizzling some exquisite truffle oil over your fries and pairing with truffle’s quintessential match, Barolo. Basically Piedmont in a drunk snack.

Sweet Potato Fries – Gamay

Wine and Fries Pairing Sweet Potato Fries

The sweet, earthy flavors of sweet potato fries are perfectly complemented with a fun, fruit-forward Beaujolais.

Curly Fries – Cremant d’Alsace

Wine and Fries Pairing Curly Fries Cremant d'Alsace

As with Champagne, the high acidity in a bubbly cremant from Alsace cuts right through the potatoey goodness of chunky curly fries. Don’t plan on sharing this one with your drunk friend — the deliciousness of this pairing makes it basically impossible.

Waffle Fries – Barbera

Wine and Fries Pairing Waffle Fries Chardonnay

Barbera’s fun and fresh flavor profile is a flawless match with the seasoning on waffle fries.

Garlic Fries – Unoaked Chardonnay

Wine and Fries Pairing Garlic Fries Chardonnay

Look to an unoaked Chardonnay for a higher-acid, cleaner expression of the grape we all know and love. We recommend avoiding any form of drunk make out session after this pairing.

Tots – Dry Riesling

Wine and Fries Pairing Tots

Riesling is known for its naturally high acidity, making it a perfect pairing for salty, grease-ridden potatoes — tots included.

Fries in a Shake – Moscato d’Asti

Wine and Fries Pairing Moscato Shake Fries

O.K., this might make you sick to your stomach, but who doesn’t love dipping fries in a milkshake? On second thought, maybe nix the wine and just stick to the shake. Spike with liquor for a boozy twist!

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