Acidic white wines like Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Vouvray and Sparkling wine are essential when pairing with a corn dog. The greasy corn battered breading can easily overwhelm your tastebuds, making the corn dog become less delicious and satisfying over time. The crisp acidity of the wines we just mentioned lift the fats, proteins and carbohydrates off your tongue, allowing each bite to taste as wonderful as the first. For reds, a light and fruity Beaujolais or Pinot Noir will pair up just fine, however, Zinfandel with its fruit bomb flavours adds a little more fun and energy to the pairing.
Zinfandel & Corn Dog Pairing
Zinfandel is an acidic red wine with fruity flavours of raspberry, cherry and blueberry. Zinfandel is similar to Ketchup in that it’s a bit sweet, fruity and the acidity within it brings to life anything it touches. Thus, the hot dog’s meaty flavours, along with the corn breading, will shine bright.
Off-Dry Riesling & Corn Dog Pairing
A prickly Riesling has plenty of acidity to slay the golden-brown corn batter allowing you to taste the delicious hot dog within. You’ll still taste the corn, in fact, the citrus flavours of Riesling will elevate it. However, the crisp acidity of Riesling will ensure the starchy carbohydrates of the breading won’t clog up your tastebuds. As an added bonus, instead of hot dog and corn flavoured burps later on in the hour, expect the crisp lemony flavours of Riesling to surface instead.
Prosecco & Corn Dog Pairing
Prosecco is an Italian sparkling wine with a kiss of sweetness. The sweetness complements the corn flavours in the batter while the bubbles and acidity of the wine wash the meaty hot dog and breading flavours away. Corn Dogs are incredibly salty, and Prosecco with its lively pear, apple and citrus notes will keep your mouth refreshed.
Any dry or off-dry sparkling wine will work well with Corn Dogs, including Cava, Champagne, or Sekt. Prosecco and Cava are often budget-friendly, which is ideal with the carnival flavours of a deep-fried Corn Dog.
Sauvignon Blanc & Corn Dog Pairing
Similar to Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc is a crisp white wine with palate-cleansing citrus notes. Where Sauvignon Blanc differs is that is bone dry and rarely sweet. You’ll also find herbaceous, grassy notes in the wine that add an extra touch of interest to the corn battered hot dog flavours. Sauvignon Blanc’s acidity, and grapefruit and citrus flavours cut through the corn breading and lift the corn flavours up. While Sauvignon Blanc won’t reveal which part of the cow or pig the meat came from, it will make the meaty hot dog flavours taste extra delicious.
Vouvray & Corn Dog Pairing
Vouvray is a French white wine made from the Chenin Blanc grape that ranges from still to sparkling and dry to sweet. A dry to off-dry Vouvray has honeyed notes that complement the corn, while the acidity is able to cut through the greasy breading, allowing the hotdog flavours to shine through. Meanwhile, you’ll also find lip-puckering green apple flavours in a Vouvray that add a touch of jazz to the entire pairing.