Have you ever caught a whiff of someone's breath and instantly knew they were eating Funyuns? It's a pungent mixture of salt and onion that you can't mistake. Although tasty, considerations must be made when purchasing the salty snack like where are you headed? If home is the answer, it's totally fine to grab a bag. If not, you better have some serious mints or a whole lot of gum nearby. Forgetting to freshen your breath after munching on Funyuns will lead to a slow lean back on the part of the unsuspecting victim that causes his or her face to cringe as if he or she has just smelled death. You've been warned!
As a kid, I enjoyed a bottle of Coke with Funyuns. Today however, I grab a bottle of N.V. Bodegas Dios Baco Jerez-Xérès-Sherry Fino from the Jerez region of Spain to wash down the powerful, fried onion flavored snack. Another warning, Fino Sherry is not for the sweet, fruity wine drinkers. It's a bone dry (absolutely no sugar), light, crisp and nutty fortified wine that should be served well chilled. It's usually enjoyed as an aperitif or alongside Serrano ham in Spain.
After a few bites of the Funyuns and then a sip of the wine, I think the pairing has gone horribly wrong. Although both were equally powerful on their own, the wine overshadows the flavor of the chips and it's lost in a sea full of nuttiness. Then, suddenly, the Funyuns reemerge transformed. I realize the chips no longer seem salty nor does the wine seem tangy; it's as if they've tamed each other. The yeasty notes in the wine bring to life the cornmeal used to make the snack and the nutty aromas of the Fino Sherry play sweetly against the earthy onion flavors of the chips. The wine's crisp acidity cleanses the palate and makes you want another bite. After trying the pairing, I've learned Fino Sherry is going to take some getting used to. But boy, it isn't hard when Funyuns are around!
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Please let me know your comments in the section below! What favorite bag of chips would you like to see paired with wine? Have you ever tried Fino Sherry? Let’s chat!