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?
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.