Just add hot water… and a glass of something fruity (Picture: Metro.co.uk)
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The best thing about wine is that it can match any kind of food. Literally anything.
Toast? Check. Omlette? Check. Pot Noodle. Definitely.
In fact, Pot Noodle is one of the best examples because it seems such an unlikely choice of food to pair with wine. Some might even think it doesn’t deserve to be matched with wine. But why?
There are plenty of Pot Noodle lovers out there who love wine just as much, and it has many flavours to offer the palate – just as wine does – so I’m applying a smidgen of sommelier know-how below to match up two of our kitchen cupboard favourites.
Read on to find your perfect match with the Metro Wine Club.
Pot Noel Christmas Dinner
The seasonal Pot Noel Christmas Dinner is of course a take on the main event which includes all those rich trimmings, in which case a lighter but complex red is best placed to match the copious flavours.
Step forward a smooth and juicy Pinot Noir. Yes, it’s notoriously pricey, but some delicious affordable ones can be found all over the world now, particularly from Bulgaria, Hungary and Chile.
Perfect Pot Noodle pairing
Try a rich red with the Pot Noel Christmas Dinner (Picture: Getty Images)
With: Pot Noel Christmas Dinner
Drink: Cono Sur Bicicleta Pinot Noir, £6, Tesco
Notes: Cherries, plums and raspberries all wrapped up in vanilla spice
Meanwhile Pot Noodles with BBQ sauce in the mix – like Smokin’ BBQ and BBQ Pulled Pork – make a mouth-watering combination with wines from sun-drenched locations. Ripe and rich red wines like Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel just love the smoky sweetness of BBQ sauce.
If Sticky Ribs is on the menu tonight, grab a Grenache. One of the most food-friendly reds around, Grenache loves the tangy bite of sticky ribs, and while Spain and Southern France is the natural home of this grape, Australia makes some gorgeous Grenache now too.
Perfect Pot Noodle pairing
Blackcurrant flavours in this zinfandel work a treat with pulled pork flavour (Picture: Getty Images)
With: BBQ Pulled Pork
Drink: The Chalkduster Zinfandel, £7.50, The Co-op
Notes: A bargain red with ballsy blackcurrant-jam-on-toast flavours
A no-brainer wine for Asian-inspired Pot Noodles is Riesling. A general rule of thumb should be the hotter the sauce, the sweeter the wine, because chilli tends to numb the palate and the sweetness of an off-dry Riesling will carry the flavour through while also enhancing other Asian flavours like ginger and lemongrass.
If Riesling isn’t your thing, though, go for Pinot Gris which would pair …read more