Potato Skins with Wine

Getting kids to eat pea's can be a laborious task.  Potatoes on the other-hand are never a problem.  Whether they're fried, baked, mashed, roasted, scalloped, diced or sliced...they're delicious!  Maybe this is why I always liked the toy Mr. Potato Head so much.  He's been entertaining kids since the 1950's with his attachable plastic parts and recently starred in Toy Story 3.  I enjoyed putting his ears where his nose went and his eyes where his mouth went as a child.  It's incredible that a simple toy like this entertained us as children, when we've got toys like the Wii and computer games today.  One thing hasn't changed however, and that's how much we all enjoy potatoes.  Potato skins especially are a great appetizer while watching the game at home, or your favorite bar and enjoying a perfectly paired glass of wine.

I prefer my potato skins fully loaded with extra bacon, cheddar cheese, scallions, chives and a touch of sour cream.  Did I mention BACON!!  There are several wines that work with this dish.  Spanish red wines such as a blend based on Garnacha and Syrah grapes, Syrah itself, and New World Pinot Noir can work beautifully with potato skins.  The wine's themselves have a bacon quality that mirror's the bacon in the dish.  Together, you have a bacon explosion in the mouth!  In addition the bacon fat and cheddar cheese will help to shield the palate from the tannin found in the heavier reds I mentioned, such as Syrah.  Please be careful with the use of sour cream when pairing the wines I have suggested.  Too much sour cream can ruin the wine because some of the wines lack acidity to stand up to it.  If you are a sour cream lover, I would suggest pairing the potato skins with an Oregon Pinot Noir, Beaujolais, Alsatian Pinot Gris, Spatlese Riesling, brut sparkling Rose, Rose or brut sparkling wine.