Hot dog pairings: Hot dogs are more chic than ever and they deserve the right wine pairing. This year try Prosecco at your Fourth of July celebration!
The hot dog: For as long as anyone can remember, our friends in America have been obsessed with this American classic. Not one, not two, not three, but four generations in the U.S. have grown up eating hot dogs for summer holidays. Some would say that the tradition reach back even farther, in fact.
“Billions of hot dogs will be eaten at cookouts this summer,” write the editors of the New York Times food section this week. “and serving them is one of the easiest ways we know to make people happy.”
American are so smitten with hot dogs that the Times devoted an entire column to a hot dog taste test. The New York Times, people!
But the editors also note that hot dog culture has changed drastically and radically in recent years:
“Back when hot dogs were on every list of foods to avoid — alarming additives, questionable cuts, salt and fat galore — home cooks didn’t want to know too much about what was in them. But cooks are different now, and so are hot dogs. We want to know that what we’re eating is as good as it can be. Hot dogs are made from better ingredients, with fewer additives.”
There was a time when hot dogs were one of the most unhealthy things that Americans ate on a daily basis (think Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle). But today our counterparts in the U.S. have a wide array of wholesomely ranched hot dogs and wholesomely farmed buns available to them. Hot dogs are no longer at the bottom of the food heap. In fact, they are enjoying a renaissance of sorts (again, see the Times piece).
This all raises the question of what to pair with hot dogs at that classic and favorite all-American gathering otherwise known as the Fourth of July picnic.
Beer — or should we say, craft beer — is the predictable choice. And fair enough. Like hot dogs, beer in American has evolved greatly in the last 20 years.
But the fact that beer — and its fizziness — work so well with hot dogs points us to the logical conclusion that Prosecco, with its healthy acidity and gentle effervescence, could be the perfect wine pairing for hot dogs.
Especially in the light of the fact that Prosecco has such a wonderful grapefruit/citrus note to it, is low in alcohol (great for outdoor events when you’re in the hot sun), and is arguably one of the world’s most refreshing wines, we humbly recommend that you try a Prosecco this year at your Fourth of July picnic and grill.
Whatever you are eating or drinking this Fourth, we wish all of our friends in America a HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY!