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Mar 19, 2007 09:15 PM

Wine pairing... with hot dogs?

Don't laugh. To make a long, funny story short, its our turn to host the annual Nathan's hot dog get-together. We're not college kids, but 30-somethings... I'm not talking sausage or hot link, I mean Nathan's hot dogs as in Coney Island hot dog eating contest. I know it sounds looney, but after a brief search on the net, I found possible pairings: Barossa Valley Shiraz (on hand already, so a good possibility); white zin (NO); riesling (also on hand). Has anybody out there actually tried pairing hot dogs and wine? Suggestions?

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  1. Dynamite Vineyards Merlot - about $12 a bottle.

    1. Interesting question.

      I have not tried it, but Chardonnay may work. Especially an unwooded Chardonnay, try Australian wines.

      Since the hot dogs are salty, the tannins in red wine will tend to clash. However if a red is the color of choice I would try a Merlot since it tends to have less agressive tannins than Cabernet.

      A smooth and fairly fruity Shiraz or Zinfandel (red) could work as well.

      Wines with a bit of residual sugar like Rieslings from the US for instance, won't likely work really well.

      A good crisp Sauvignon Blanc?

      I suggest you do a taste test first.

      1. I say this in complete seriousness...Champagne. It goes with everything. In this case, I'd probably go for a sparkling something else, perhaps a Cava.

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        1. re: ccbweb

          Ditto. Champagne is it. (Which includes cava, sparkling, methode champenoise, etc.)

          1. re: ccbweb

            Champagne works great with them.

            1. root beer, real beer, bock beer. don't screw it up.

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              1. re: steve h.

                Steve h. has a point. Is this really a time for wine?
                If it is, then bubbly all the way.
                One thing that will affect your wine choice will be the mustards, sweet relish, onion, etc.
                In which case, bubbly will work.
                But I can't help think beer and soda are a better idea than wine.

                1. re: maria lorraine

                  i like hot dogs. what kind of wine goes with a texas weiner (fried hot dog) topped with chili and fresh chopped onions?

                  my head hurts thinking about it.