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Wine goes with everything

I know what you're thinking; no way does wine go with everything. It goes with cheese and steak, but not popcorn or Girl Scout cookies. It can't. It couldn't. Or could it?

Traditionalists will tell you to pair white wine with chicken and fish and red wine with heavier meats, but what about all the foods you love that don't fit into these categories? Well, hold on to your seats, it's time to start drinking outside the box.

Everyone loves potato chips, but what if I told you that potato chips and champagne were a perfect match? They are. The bubbly texture of the wine harmonizes perfectly with the greasy and salty flavors of the chips. How about those fries you just picked up from your favorite McDonald's in Charlotte. Ditch the coke and go with a Merlot.

Buttered popcorn is not just for the movies. Next time you decide to pop up some corn at home, top it off with a Chardonnay. The buttery notes of both the popcorn and the wine complement each other rather nicely.

Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches have been a staple for many a child, but now that you are all grown up it's time to raise your standards and complement this tasty meal with some wine. If you like a traditional PB&J sandwich (one with more peanut butter than jelly), I would suggest a 2010 BV Chardonnay. However, if you like to jazz up your PB&J with lots of jelly, go with a nice Shiraz.

Now, what about those Girl Scout cookies? If you 're a Trefoils lover, try a sparkling wine. A nice sparkler pairs well with the creamy richness of the shortbread.

And last but not least, we come to the best and most popular of all the Girl Scout cookies, Thin Mint. For years you have probably enjoyed these delicious cookies with a cold glass of milk. I know I have. It may be hard to stray from such a perfect combination, but if you have the courage, try a Ruby Port or even a Vintage Port with your next Thin Mint. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised.

TheWineaux@juno.com

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