Happy National Doughnut Day!

Happy National Doughnut Day!

The first Friday in June is National Doughnut Day.

And while we joke that is seems every food now has a holiday, this one has an awesome purpose.

National Doughnut Day was created back in 1938 by the Salvation Army to honor the women who served doughnuts to soldiers in World War I.  This day was actually started by Chicago’s Salvation Army as a fund-raiser to help the needy during the Great Depression. But the day has since become a way to recognize the contributions of these women during the war.

So in honor of them, we’re eating doughnuts — and drinking wine.

Yep — together.

So allow us to celebrate National Doughnut Day with some wine pairing recommendations for your favorite doughnuts.

When in doubt, go with bubbles. Champagne or Prosecco will work great with just about any doughnut. And because they’re so celebratory, it’s the perfect drink to toast those fine women.

But if you’re a purist and need some legitimate pairings, don’t worry, we have those too.

And we enlisted Jessica Norris, director of Wine & Education for Del Frisco's Restaurant Group for some great suggestions for your chosen doughnut.

Boston Cream: Grab a South African Red Blend, suggests Norris. Something with Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon would work great with the vanilla cream and chocolate icing.

Cruller: That dense dough could use a Viognier (vee-ohn-yay), a full-bodied white wine from the south of France. Neither will overpower each other.

Jelly: A fruit-forward California Pinot Noir is a match-made in heaven for that doughnut filled with red jelly.

Entemanns Rich Frosted: That thick chocolate frosting and dense cake needs a meaty Syrah to cut through it all, says Norris. She suggests one form the Northern Rhone region of France or Australia.

Cronut: The croissant-doughnut hybrid just sounds like it needs a big French wine. So pick a Burgundy. And you can go either way. “Red or white...buyer’s choice,” says Norris.

Original Krispy Kreme Glazed: It’s screaming for a Moscato. The peach and apricot flavors of the wine will work great w the simple glaze and cake.

Even better – Krispy Kreme is giving out free doughnuts on June 3! So get there!

Then pour a glass of wine, grab a doughnut and salute those dedicated women who helped our soldiers.

Tracy Byrnes, former FOX Business Network anchor and host of “Wine with Me” for Foxnews.com, is editor-in-chief and chief contributor of The Sip. 

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