Jalapeno Poppers with Wine

I have to be honest.  Up until recently, I had never tried a jalapeno popper in my life.  Boy was I missing out!  And if you're wondering just exactly what a jalapeno popper is, let me be the first to introduce you to this tasty little snack.  It's a jalapeno that's filled with cheddar cheese, breaded and then fried.  Delicious!  And this makes me wonder, what else have I missed out on?  As I've mentioned in previous posts, I always order what I know I like on the menu of any establishment for fear of being disappointed.  And out of the blue this little bite of goodness has suddenly turned my world upside down.  No more playing it safe.   From here on out, it's time to be a little adventurous!

This snack encompasses three of my favorite things.  A little spice, creaminess and crunch.  And after trying several wines alongside it, New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc blows the roof off on all the others.  Sauvignon Blanc is grown in many parts of the world.  It does particularly well in France, Australia, Chile, South Africa, California and New Zealand.  What New Zealand versions offer that others don't is a zingy crisp acidity.  This acidity works amazingly with fried food, helping to cut through the grease.  Since jalapeno poppers are fried, we have a great combination.  The acidity also cuts through the creaminess of the cheese and helps the wine stand up to the spicy flavors in the food.  Sauvignon Blanc is vegetal and citrusy, allowing it to work wonderfully off the greenness of the jalapeno.  After a bite of the food and then a sip of the wine, I notice the jalapeno flavor is heightened and the wine suddenly seems slightly sweet.  Other wines to try with jalapeno poppers are German Riesling and Gewurztraminer, Albarino, Gruner Veltliner, Chenin Blanc, sparkling wine, and off-dry white wines.  Avoid wines that are too high in alcohol.  This will increase the intensity of the spice.