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Fairway Wine Tips: Gone to the Dogs!

Homemade Hot Chili Dog with Cheddar Cheese

Homemade Hot Chili Dog with Cheddar Cheese

We’re mad for hotdogs in this country. We eat close to 20 billion of them every year, most – not surprisingly – between April and September.

You would think with all that collective bun-chomping, there’d be something akin to collective wisdom when answering the question of what wine goes best with your Coney, foot-long, Nathan’s Famous or ballpark red hot. Unfortunately, you’d be wrong – which is why we put together this handy wine-and-wiener guide for fans of franks.



Plain hot dogs – whether grilled, steamed, boiled or fried ­­– are all about the primary tastes and texture of the sausage’s spiced meat, salt and fat. Add a soft, slightly sweet bun, and you’ve got the makings of a perfect partner for a fruity but dry, low alcohol white wine that can cut through the hot dog’s fat as it cleanses the palate and washes away the salt.

Best Bets: Vinho Verde from Portugal or dry Riesling from New York State

Wine & Weiner — what a combo!

Wine & Wiener — what a combo!

Mustard/ Kraut

Slather some mustard and sauerkraut on the bun, and you’ve pushed the food in a sharper, more acidic direction. Look for a high-acid white wine, preferably with a bit of fizz, to tamp down the tang of mustard and pickled cabbage.

Best Bets: Cremant d’Alsace Brut from France or Cava Brut from Spain

Relish/ Ketchup

Take a sweeter approach with a topping of relish and/or ketchup, and you’ve created a savory-sweet ‘n sour combo that fairly begs for an off-dry (i.e. slightly sweet) white wine.

Best Bets: Off-dry Riesling from Germany or California


Grab all the gusto you can with a heaping helping of chili, cheese and onions, and then match it, sip-for-bite, with an equally gutsy sparkling red wine.

Best Bets: Sparkling Shiraz from Australia or Lambrusco from Italy

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