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Snooth wine pairing recommendation: Spicy chicken and pinot gris

Snooth wine pairing recommendation: Spicy chicken and pinot gris

There are three signs that fall is coming:

  1. The sight of green leaves turning various shades of red, orange and yellow
  2. The dropping temperatures. 
  3. Most important in the culinary world, “tailgating” season. 

Tailgating is, according to Wikipedia:

In North America, a tailgate party is a social event held on and around the open tailgate of a vehicle. Tailgating often involves consuming alcoholic beverages and grilling food. Tailgate parties usually occur in the parking lots at stadiums and arenas before, and occasionally after or during, sporting events and rock concerts.

Imagine acres and acres of cooks and chefs — mostly men — grilling and cooking food. If you’re a single woman and love sports but hate cooking, a tailgate party might be a good place to find yourself a gourmet chef in the rough.

One of the quintessential tailgating recipes is chicken wings. I say, the spicier the better.

What do the wine experts at Snooth recommend drinking with your spicy chicken wings? Pinot Gris tops their list. It is a white wine marketed under several names — including Pinot Grigio and Ruländer — depending on the country where it is grown. I also heard one person call it “pinot gringo,” which is interesting because gringo in Spanish means the same thing. All three terms mean “white.”  The good thing about Pinot Gris is it’s flavorful yet doesn’t have a lot of tannin. You don’t want a high-tannin wine to clash with the bold Korean flavor of these wings.

For more information on picking out the best wine to match your favorite dishes, go to Snooth | Grilled Chicken and Pinot Gris. You will find their non-Korean recipe for chicken wings and from there you can explore Snooth’s collection of wine reviews and food pairings.

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  1. Pniot Gris? niiiiice! sounds like a good combo. Recently I've been studying wine, and I'm still an amateur. But I'll definitely give this combo a try. thanx! 🙂

  2. I might do a video one day taste testing different wines with Korean food. We'll see. Too many ideas, too little time.

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