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 taste buds, making the corn dog less delicious and satisfying over time. The crisp acidity of the wines we just mentioned lifts the fats, proteins and carbohydrates off your tongue, allowing each bite to taste as wonderful as the first.
A light and fruity Beaujolais or Pinot Noir will pair up just fine for reds. However, with its perceived fruity sweetness and touch of smoke and black pepper, Zinfandel adds a little more fun and energy to the pairing.
Best Wine With Corn Dogs
Zinfandel & Corn Dog Pairing
If you love to slather ketchup on your Corn Dog, Zinfandel is the red wine for you! Zinfandel is an acidic red wine with fruity raspberry, cherry and blueberry flavours. Zinfandel is similar to Ketchup in that its 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 and taste delicious when paired with Zinfandel.
Zinfandel is also a bit smoky, and has notes of black pepper, which complements the meaty hot dog flavours. Meanwhile, the saltiness of the Corn Dog will make your Zinfandel taste extra vibrant and refreshing.
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 breading, but the citrus, peach and green apple flavours of a tart Riesling will elevate it.
In addition, Riesling’s crisp acidity will ensure the breading’s starchy carbohydrates won’t clog up your taste buds. As an added bonus, instead of hot dog and corn-flavoured burps later in the hour, expect Riesling’s crisp, lemony flavours to surface instead.
For this pairing, and any white wine pairing to work, the Corn Dog should lack ketchup. White Wine and Ketchup do not pair too well together as flavours of lemon and the fruity flavours of Tomato do not jive well together.
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. Seeing as the carnival flavours of a deep-fried Corn Dog fall into the category of ‘peasant food’, pairing it up with a budget friendly Prosecco and Cava makes much more sense.
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 it is bone dry and rarely sweet. You’ll also find herbaceous, grassy notes in the wine that add an extra touch of intrigue to the corn-battered hot dog flavours.
Sauvignon Blanc’s acidity and grapefruit, lime, lemon and herb flavours cut through the corn breading and lift the corn flavours up. While Sauvignon Blanc won’t go so far as to reveal which part of the cow or pig the meat came from, it will make the meaty hot dog flavours taste extra delicious.
Chardonnay & Corn Dog Pairing
You’d think a buttery Chardonnay would be amazing with a Corn Dog, and you would be partially right. Hits of toast, vanilla, butter and caramel that Chardonnay brings to the table all go great with the corn breading.
Chardonnay does not go so great with the hot dog meat compared to other white wines, however, as oaked versions of Chardonnay features medium acidity, which isn’t as effective as cutting through the deep-fried goodness of your Corn Dog. Thus if you’re a bigger fan of the corn breading, over the hot dog within, Chardonnay would be a pretty good pick.
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 adds a touch of jazz to the entire pairing.