The Ultimate Girl’s Guide To Snack Food And Wine Pairing

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When it comes to food and wine pairing it’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking it’s all too hard and better left to the experts. Well that’s why we decided it was high time to demystify the somewhat snobby world of food and wine matching. So with a little research and a lot of taste-testing we’ve put together this simple guide to getting it right every single time. And because most of us don’t have the time (or the inclination) to throw formal sit-down dinner parties, we decided to pair our favourite wines with some super tasty snacks. The basic idea behind wine and food matching is that when you get it right it improves the flavour of both the food and the wine – yes truly! 

To get started, we grabbed a few bottles of award-winning wine from the New World Wine Awards and set about snacking. This is the 14th year the New World Wine Awards have been held and whenever I choose a new wine from this list I’m never disappointed. In my mind it’s the best way to taste-test a new tipple without making any costly mistakes. So whether you’re a French Fries kinda girl or Seared Scallops are more your thing, we’ve paired up some simple snacks below to suit everyone.



When it comes to food and wine pairing, all you really need to do is focus on the basic tastes and characteristics of the food and wine. It’s things like whether the food or the wine is sweet, sour, salty, bitter, spicy etc. If you find a match on both sides, hey presto – you’ve paired a wine. So read on and we’re sure some of our faves will soon become your faves too. 


Above: Spicy foods are the perfect partners to a good quality Riesling.



Rieslings are generally light and sweet and this makes them a perfect complement to spicy foods like Satay Sticks and Spicy Chicken Drumsticks. Rieslings are also the perfect accompaniment to a simple Ham & Pineapple Pizza because generally speaking there’s enough acidity in the wine to tackle the tang from the tomato sauce. Try: Giesen Riesling 2015, $11.99




Above: Salmon and Pinot Noir are a match made in heaven.


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The light red fruits and savoury nature of a good Pinot Noir make a perfect partner to the rich, slightly sweet meat of the salmon. So whether you serve your salmon lightly grilled or rolled up in Sushi you can be sure it will taste even better if you pair it with a Pinot. When it comes to pairing wines with your favourite chips the best rule of thumb is the more flavoured the chip, the heavier the wine needs to be. So that’s why we decided to pair a Pinot Noir with a grunty BBQ Chip and guess what – it was a match made in heaven. Try: Pick & Shovel Central Otago Pinot Noir 2015, $19.99





Above: French fries and a bottle of bubbles are unlikely BFFs.



A bottle of bubbles may seem a little posh but you may be surprised to know that it pairs perfectly with a good old fashion bowl of French Fries. The humble hot chip gives a delicious glass of bubbles the chance to show itself off. Unless you smother your fries in tomato sauce there really isn’t a lot of flavour (besides salt) to them so the bubbles take centre stage. Besides the grease and salt left behind in your mouth gets an effervescent cleanse every time you take a sip – yay! Dark chocolate, dried figs and a simple cheese platter also make for a perfect partnership. Try: Brancott Estate Brut Cuvée NV, $10.99




Above: Seared scallops are delicious anytime and especially with a light Rose.



cq5dam-web-1280-1280The good news on the Rose front is that literally everything goes with a Rose. Yep if in doubt reach for a Rose. This pretty pink wine is popular in countries like Spain and Italy and is a firm favourite in the summer months. A good Rose is refreshing and crisp making it a perfect companion to fresh seafood and shell fish. It’s fruity flavours go hand-in-hand with anything tomatoey and that’s why we’ve paired it with Salsa and Tomato & Feta Bruschetta. Rose is also perfectly partnered with a Simple Cheese Platter by the pool in summer. Try: Villa Maria Private Bin Hawkes Bay Rosé 2016, $11.99




Above: Buttery popcorn is the perfect complement to an oaky Chardonnay.



An oaky Chardonnay is to Buttery Popcorn what peas are to carrots – a perfect partnership. If you want to pair Pretzels then opt for an un-oaked Chardonnay to complement the salt on the Pretzels. Beer and peanuts usually go hand-in-hand but if you want to stick to wine then a nice glass of Chardonnay will fit the bill. Try: Clearview Estate Beachhead Hawkes Bay Chardonnay 2015





If you’re a fan of Guacamole then a grassy Sauv is what you’ll need to bring out the best in the guac. Hummus goes down just as well with a glass of Sav and so too does a trusty bowl of cheese-covered Nachos. Of course you can’t beat a delicious rich cheese to really bring out the best in your favourite Sauvignon Blanc. Try: Mount Vernon Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016, $14.99





Above: Pork Belly and Pinot Gris are simply meant to go together.


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The gentle acidity and fruitiness of a Pinot Gris perfectly complements roast pork, creamy pastas and seafood. A light, crisp Pinot Gris will even compliment a bag of Salt & Vinegar chips. Yes just when you thought no wine could compete with the vinegar along comes a Pinot Gris to save the day. Try: Thornbury Waipara Pinot Gris 2016, $10.99





A panel of experts in double-blind taste tests have tasted over 1,000 wines and only the very best get awarded a medal and only the very very best will receive Gold. This means that if you see a bottle carrying the New World Wine Awards sticker you can have confidence that it will be amazing. The best bit is ALL of the wines retail for under $25 and we’re not talking $24.99 – nope, most of them are around the $15 mark – winning!


Above: The New World Wine Award winners get the thumbs up from us.



Above: Look for the this sticker next time you’re at New World and you’ll be guaranteed an award-winning wine that won’t disappoint.




To celebrate the release of the New World Wine Award winners we’re giving away a $150 New World voucher to try some of the fab wines we’ve mentioned above.

To enter to win simply tell us in the comments below which winning bottle you’d most like to try you’d like to make with them and click HERE to subscribe to our free Insider updates. By the way you can unsubscribe at any time if you change your mind – it just makes it easy for us to contact you if you win. If you’re already a subscriber then great – you only need to comment below.

Everyone who has commented and subscribed automatically goes in the draw to win. A winner will be drawn and announced here on Tuesday 15 November.
Good luck!



Thanks to everyone for taking the time to enter to win. We’re thrilled to announce the super lucky winner is:

Danielle Franklin

Congrats Danielle! Please email your contact deets to so we can get your prize on its way out to you.




Thanks to the peeps at New World for making this post possible. To find out more about the New World Wine Awards and to view all the winners click HERE