What wine goes best with that packet of crisps you're craving? Emma Underwood, GM of newly-opened Darby's in Vauxhall, has come up with some top suggestions.
It’s a pub classic – a pint with a packet of crisps. Always split open, right in the centre of the worn wooden table, its contents spilling for all to share. But what about those wine drinkers out there? Surely the ideal accompaniment should be something a bit more sophisticated. A plate of charcuterie, some juicy olives or salted nuts. A glistening oyster with a bubbling glass of champagne, or a slab of foie gras with a silky sauternes. Indeed, the world of wine and food pairing has been thoroughly explored, but what of pairing wine with crisps?
The god tier of crisps has some strong contenders, but is undoubtedly populated by the core five: Walkers, Skips, Wotsits, Quavers and Hula Hoops, with Frazzles, Pringles, Doritos, Sensations, Nik Naks and the almighty Smiths’ Scampi Fries snapping at their heels.
Flavours are the main consideration in wine pairings. Crisps are generally salt dominant, with various hints of vinegar, cheese, fish, meat, and spice thrown in for good measure. Wines for crisps therefore need to have a strong amount of either freshness to balance with the salt, or richness to stand up to the bold additional flavours. Here's what I would recommend...
Salt and vinegar
The ultimate crisp and wine pairing however is the holiday pairing. Nothing can beat an ice cold glass of four euro rosé with a huge packet of local supermarket own brand ready salted crisps. Preferably crinkle cut, undercut with the smell of sea air and sunscreen.
Darby's is at 3 Viaduct Gardens, Nine Elms, London SW11 7AY. Find out more about Darby's here.
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