What Wine Goes with Hot Dogs?

What Wine Goes with Hot Dogs?

6a00d83451cb0369e201a511d4ab6f970c-450wi_400_01We’re deep into August now, the hottest, most doggie-est days of summer. So here are a few easy lip-smackin’ versions of hot dogs and the perfect wines to pair with them.

As with burgers, the ideal pairing for a dog depends on its toppings. That said, a good overall choice—whether it’s a basic dog or a souped-up Chicago Hot Dog—is a dry rosé (which, coincidentally, also pairs well with warm weather). For example:

PEDRONCELLI Dry Rosé of Zinfandel “Signature Collection” 2013 (Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, CA) $12
ST. AMANT Barbera Rosé 2013 (Lodi, CA) $15
QUIVIRA Rosé 2013 (Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, CA) $22

A more intensely-adorned dog—a Chili Dog, say, or a Bacon Barbecue Dog—begs for a bigger wine. Go with a fruity red. A few favorites:

GIFFT Red Wine 2011 (Monterey County, CA) $19
GNARLY HEAD Red Wine “Authentic Red” 2011 (Lodi, CA) $12
RHIANNON Red Wine 2012 (California) $16

How about a Corn Dog? Deep-fried foods and sparkling wine go together like dogs and Frisbees! Try one of these:

SECCO Bianco Brut “Italian Bubbles” 2012 (Veneto, Italy) $12
PAUL CHENEAU Rosé Brut Cava non-vintage (Penedes, Spain) $12
VALDO Rosé Brut non-vintage (Veneto, Italy) $14 

If you’ll be baking your dogs in a good, old-fashioned Mac and Cheese Dog Casserole, go with a fuller-bodied white or a lighter red, but be sure it has a touch of acidity to cut through the richness of the cheese.

PLUMPJACK Chardonnay 2013 (Napa Valley, CA) $48
DOMAINE DES ROSIERS Moulin-a-Vent 2011 ( Beaujolais, France) $17
JOEL GOTT Pinot Noir 2012 (Sonoma County-Monterey County, CA) $19

What are your favorite ways to enjoy hot dogs? Let us know below.

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