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Kraft Mac-n-cheese and wine?

Posted by samnavy1417, Dec 13, 2013.

This has been such a stressful week, especially last night!  My husband and kids are sick, laundry is backed up from trying to keep the germs at bay, everyone is so whiney, I don't get home until 6 and the kids bed time is 8.  So I try to rush home as much as traffic will allow, fly through the door and try to figure out what to do for dinner (since I didn't prepare the crock pot before I left) and I'm greeted by snotty noses, a crying 2 year old trying to tell me something (who is hard to translate under normal circumstances), and my husband trying to have me diagnose something.  STRESSED!

Finally, after staring into the pantry for an eternity I just decided to steam some broccoli and make Kraft mac-n-cheese for dinner.  I poured myself a lovely glass of Riesling and enjoyed my 5 minutes of sanity eating in the laundry room...alone...pretending to do laundry.  

My question to the forum is:  What is the weirdest meal you've had with wine?


Reply by outthere, Dec 13, 2013.

Great question! I'll have to give that one some thought.

Reply by JenniferT, Dec 13, 2013.

That sounds like a pretty special wine experience, lol! Context means everything. It's kind of funny, because the scene you describe probably doesn't align with most people's idea of "wine appreciation'. But it sure does with mine. :)

Inspired by both my A) inexpressible fatigue after returning from a long work trip, B) the adjusted standards that accompany said fatigue, and C) a Snooth article on pairing McDonalds,  I did pretty much the same with some red wine and a burger combo. It was just resplendent as I recall, not least because it also involved a long awaited reunion with our couch. Short lived though, as I think fell asleep somewhere along the process of eating it. Classy, I know. I hope I at least managed to use a napkin before I conked out, but I really wouldn't bet on it. There were also a lot of onions. I'd guess (and hope) that there was considerable disconnect between the scene that actually unfolded and the romantic reunion my other half had been anticipating. :)

I still think your KD pairing is far more interesting. :)

Reply by Richard Foxall, Dec 13, 2013.

Riesling?  I thought everyone knew that Grenache was the proper wine for mac'n'cheese! ;-) Which is to say, wine and mac'n'cheese is pretty common in my house, but we usually have time to make the dinner or we cook it ahead.  Or, now, we have a babysitter who makes it really well.  Really good babysitters are worth their weight in gold around here. 

I've come pretty close to eating a bowl of cereal over the sink and having a glass of wine, but that really pairs better with beer, don't you think?  Actually, if I slip into the footie-pajamas/toast with peanut butter and jelly/childhood regression thing, I do refrain from ETOH.  Just seems right.

Buit I have gone the road of chips and salsa, slices of cheese of any sort that I happen to have on hand, or even pre-grated mozzarella and whatever is open.  If that means it's a tail end of something really good, well, so be it.  Life is short. 

And definitely on NYE, when we have another family over and the kids watch classic comedies until its midnight in New York, we'll drink vintage Perrier Jouet Belle Epoque with pizza because what's NYE without some really good sparkling? Of course, we have very fancy appetizers, like the aforementioned chips and salsa, cut vegetables, crackers and cheese.  The counterpoint to the wines--we also open really good reds, usually zin and petite sirah--makes the whole thing fun and kid-friendly.

Reply by JonDerry, Dec 13, 2013.

Fun idea...I'll have to keep this in the back of my mind.

I can't recall any random wine pairings really...any time I open a bottle there tends to be some thought behind what I'll eat with it.

Reply by nddave01, Dec 13, 2013.

Working retail and being in the Christmas season  all meals are random occurrences or at least it seems that way. if I work close then its after 10 by the time get home and I probably had a sandwich of some sort at work so if a have glass of wine the wine will be whatever appeals most and the "meal" will be whatever my wife, daughter and son-in-law have left in my line-of-sight. Crackers, cookies, cheese, cereal, - I'm tired  and hungry and not very picky. But the wine is a chance to salvage the day so if I don't have a bottle open from the day before much more attention will be given to that choice. Recently my comfort drink has been either a Cab or Shiraz. 

There are a couple Malbecs I want try but I would like to taste them the first time when I'm not dragging in from dealing with Christmas shoppers.

Reply by napagirl68, Dec 13, 2013.

I'm sure I have had similar situations as yours...  I just don't recall specifically.  I tend to sip what I like, regardless of pairing. But there are some that are just wrong... in my case, since I drink lots of pinot, when I do a red tomato pasta sauce, it tastes horrible with pinot . So I forgo wine, or switch.

I also love to do purposeful pairings, which is always fun.

IMO, champs pairs with almost anything if in doubt:-)

My guilty pleasure is an aged white cheddar grilled cheese with an Italian pinot grigio.  Also would pair well with a syrah, or syrah-heavy GSM.

My husband loves bologna sandwiches with Meritage blends (usually cab sauv/ merlot blends).

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