The Food – KFC popcorn chicken, $6.39
The Wine – 2014 Rielsing ice wine, $72 and/or 2016 Gewurztraminer $24
That’s right – for the first time ever I have a dual pairing. When I spoke to Burke at Red Rooster about my cheap food fine wine movement in March, he was overjoyed about the concept and the possibility of being paired. Ironically, about as overjoyed as I get when someone shows up with a bucket of popcorn chicken for me. In fact, Burke was so excited that he came in on his day off to be there for the pairing.
The tasting facilities at Red Rooster are exquisite. And I don’t mean in a ‘you must wear your finest silks and try not to dribble on them’ kind of exquisite. They have a sensory room upstairs that any Joe Blow off the street can book for a mere $20. This experience includes a guided food and wine tasting, as well as sample smells and aromas so you can finally figure out what us crazy winemakers are talking about when we say we smell ‘leather and lightly toasted oak’.
Red Rooster is really aiming to take the snob out of wine, something we can all get behind. I mean, Burke showed up in a shirt covered in miniature bananas. Definitely a man you want to spend an hour pairing fancy wines to popcorn chicken with.
Why it works
The icewine pairing was truly magical. This wine is so concentrated, sweet and viscous that it feels like a dipping sauce for the chicken in your mouth. You may think I’m crazy, but I know you won’t be disappointed if you’re brave enough to try it.
The Gewurztraminer is a more typical pairing – the exotic flavours work well with the chicken, but the wine has enough flavour not to get completely overwhelmed by the chicken. They compliment each other about as well as Netflix and PJs. And let’s be honest, that’s exactly how you’re going to enjoy this pairing.
When to pair it
When you’ve decided to screw going to Karen’s rooftop patio birthday party and you’ve settled into a night of greasy keyboards, the new season of RuPaul, and no ragrats (not even a single ladder).