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