How to pair hotdogs with wine: Okanagan sommelier

The Happy Gourmand pairs hotdogs with wine for barbecue season in the Okanagan

Back when Kelowna’s Happy Gourmand, Kristin Peturson-Laprise, was studying wine in Alberta, one of her instructors grilled her with a rare request: What wine would you pair with a hotdog?

It was a bit of a trick question. What wine you pair with a hotdog depends on what condiments you choose to top it with, said Peturson-Laprise.

This was back between 2002 and 2003 when she was studying for her International Sommelier Guild diploma in Banff and Calgary, but the red hot wringer has stuck with her over the years.

She was working for a large hotel and resort chain at the time, she said, “so being in the thick of restaurant work [she] was very interested in pairings.”

“I’m also a natural geek,” she said. “So the queer nature of this request piqued my interest.”

In light of barbecue season, here are the Happy Gourmand’s wine pairing suggestions, broken down by condiment.

Ketchup

Choose a red, but not one too full-bodied, because the sweetness of the ketchup does not match well with the earthy nature of full-bodied red wines.

Peturson-Laprise suggested a fruity Cabernet Merlot blend. A white blend would also work, she said, as long as it has intense flavours.

“Too light and it would be lost amidst the overpowering intensity of the ketchup flavour,” she said.

Mustard

Mustard fans might do for a history lesson, Peturson-Laprise said.

“Dijon is world-renowned as a mustard source,” she said. “Although the stuff in the yellow squeeze bottle is tamer in flavour, the basic taste profile is similar.”

Since Dijon is the capital of the Burgundy region in France, look for grapes that are famous in Burgundy.

For fans of white, she suggested a wine that has mineral, earthy tones, like an unoaked Chardonnay. For fans of red, she suggested a wine with astringent elements, like a Pinot Noir.

Pickled things

If you prefer pickled things like relish or sauerkraut on your dog, it’s best to match the acidity of those condiments with something tangy in the glass and a bit of fruit to round it all out.

“A good Sauvignon Blanc is just the thing,” said Peturson-Laprise, adding that if you don’t want too much tanginess, you can try a Bordeaux white blend.

And if you prefer a spicy pickle like kimchi, you’ll need a bit of sweetness to cut the heat.

”Gewurztraminer is a great pick,” she said.

Grilled onions

If savoury flavours like grilled onions are your go-to, Peturson-Laprise suggested Chardonny or Cabernet Franc.

“The caramelization [of the onions] works well with an oaky Chardonny or a medium-bodied, earthy red,” she said.

Chili and cheese

Cheese dogs work well with the same wines that work with grilled onions, Peturson-Laprise said, but choose a fuller-bodied red if the cheese is a strong flavoured variety. And for a chilli dog, she said a red Meritage would work well with the meat sauce.

“But remember to look for something more fruit-forward if there is heat,” she said, suggesting a Syrah rather than say, a Cabernet.

The works

With such a whirlwind of flavours and aromas at play, Peturson-Laprise said her training tells her a dog with “the works” dictates something that will refresh the palate.

“Traditionally, this means bubbles,” she said.

If you’re not a fan of sparkling wine, she added, an off-dry Rosé usually works well, too.

“Or, you could just go for a more common hot dog pairing — a good old-fashioned beer.”

READ MORE: Tips that take the mystery out of food and wine pairing



karissa.gall@blackpress.ca

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

White Rock couple to donate blood 325th time, collectively

Anne Friendly will make her 175th donation, while her husband Kevin Klop will donate his 150th time

South Surrey mothers to launch CBD-infused water product

Three friends say benefits may include anxiety relief, pain management

4-year-old child injured in Surrey after falling out window

Child fell out of third-storey window, expected to fully recover

City of White Rock hosts official pier reopening

Event included ribbon-cutting, speeches, live music

Surrey school district to allow students to miss class for global climate strike

Students must be excused from school by parents; will be able to make up missed work without penalty

VIDEO: A moment to remember during the World Lacrosse Men’s Indoor Championship in B.C.

Diego Hernandez Valenzuela’s team lost, but he felt like a winner Saturday

Over 200 Hotel Georgia hospitality workers join ‘open-ended strike’

Unionized workers at Hyatt Regency, Westin Bayshore and Pinnacle Harbourfront have also walked out

B.C. Lions hype-man marks 15 years of cheers

Crazy P cheers, chants, bangs his drum and spreads a message of love

Hiker rescued after spending night on Crown Mountain

North Shore Rescue spotted the woman by helicopter over Hanes Valley

PHOTOS: Steller sea lion with plastic around neck rescued on Vancouver Island

Rescue staff determined the plastic band cut the protected animal’s neck approximately two inches

B.C. VIEWS: School officials join fact-free ‘climate strike’

Students, public get distorted picture of greenhouse gases

Vancouver Giants complete weekend sweep of Cougars

Back-to-back road trip victories for Langley-based team

Handgun crackdown, health spending and transit plans latest campaign promises

Friday was the end of a busy week on the campaign trail

B.C. woman photographs massive ant swarm on Abbotsford driveway

She asked what the ants were doing? The answer: war

Most Read