Wheat Thins and I go way back. Our affair began around the age of 8. It started one day when I woke up in the middle of the night hungry. I tip toed down the hall to the kitchen cabinet and found Wheat Thins tucked neatly away on the shelf. My tummy was growling and I needed something that I could eat quickly without making a lot of noise. I reached in the bag and took out a handful. Slowly, I headed back to my bedroom where I nibbled on a few and put the rest in the top drawer of my nightstand. I wasn't a child who went without food. I was just a picky eater who had a hard time finishing my dinner. My grandmother wasn't keen on snacks before bed either. She was old school and expected me to eat the food on my plate. I wondered if she ever noticed that I was hiding Wheat Thins in my dresser drawer? What if there were crumbs in my bed? She never mentioned it and I was careful to pay attention to her snoring as I often snuck through the house to the kitchen. Years later, I still snack on Wheat Thins in the middle of the night, only this time I pour a small glass of wine to enjoy the moment and help put me back to sleep.
California Chardonnay and Wheat Thins are incredible together. Chateau St. Jean from Sonoma does the trick every time. After a bite of the food and a sip of the wine, I notice the butteriness of the wine mirrors the flavors found in the cracker. Both have a creamy texture creating a similar body weight and both the food and the wine have a Wheat-Thin scented aroma, baked cracker flavor that go hand in hand. The crisp acidity in the wine helps to wash the salt off the tongue and prepares the palate for another bite. And because I'm not drinking very much wine in the middle of the night, I buy empty half bottles from a store like Michael's and fill them with wine. You want as little oxygen in contact with the wine as possible so that the wine keeps for several days. If possible, you can also purchase half bottles of Chardonnay from your local wine store or Whole Foods Market. Enjoy!