Pretzel Hot Dogs from Spiced Blog and Wine Pairing at Wine4.Me

Hot dogs, brats, and sausages are fantastic summertime fare. But on homemade buns? They’re out of this world! David from Spiced Blog has an awesome recipe for Pretzel Hot Dog buns. Unlike other homemade bread, these buns don’t need hours of rising time–just about 30 minutes in a warm place. If you can restrain yourself from eating them all right out of the oven, they’ll be fabulous with your favorite grilled hot dog, brat, or sausage and toppings.

And yes, you can pair wine with them too! Try out one of these pairings:

Pretzel Hot Dogs and Wine Pairing

Who says you have to put simple hot dogs in these delicious looking buns? Any kind of sausage will do, whether spicy, sweet, vegetarian, you name it. If it fits in this bun, it will work! And since we already discussed how well Riesling pairs with sausages in this post, we’ll focus on other wines that also pair well with sausages and hot dogs.

Gewurztraminer: Pacific Rim Gewurztraminer ~$11

From Washington State, this producer is known for making excellent value Rieslings, but they also make this lovely Gewürztraminer. You’ll find fragrant aromas of grapefruit, lychee, apple, and holiday baking spices, followed by a crisp mouth due to its lively acidity and a bit of sweet residual sugar, making it a great choice if you decide to select a spicy sausage to fit inside these pretzel buns. The sweetness of the wine will refresh your palate from any spiciness in the sausage.

Gruner Veltliner: Weingut Fred Loimer Gruner Veltliner ~ $20

Gruner can pair quite well with fragrant food and vegetables. Try this one with a brat topped with sautéed onions and peppers. With green apple, fresh lemon, and lemon zest, along with some herbs, spices, floral, and mineral aromas, this wine is fresh and juicy on the palate. The freshness and citrus will play well with the tender brat and sautéed veggies.

Lambrusco: Riunite Lambrusco Emilia ~ $5

This popular Lambrusco from Italy is fairly sweet and medium bodied. With its low alcohol and even lower price, this one is good for crowds. Try it out during your next outdoor BBQ served with spicy sausages tucked in these pretzel buns. The wine is also meant to be served chilled, which makes it an even more desirable choice for a hot summer day.

Grenache: El Coto Rosado ~ $9

Whether your sausage is spicy, sweet, or savory, Rosado (or Rosé) is always a safe bet! This Rosé from Rioja, Spain, is a blend of Grenache and Tempranillo and has tangy strawberry, cherry, and watermelon aromas along with some minor floral notes. Juicy on the palate with fresh acidity, this wine is versatile with a wide range of sausage styles. It’s also quite a value at $9 average.

Mourvedre: Bodegas Castano Monastrell ~ $9

If you’re looking for a red wine to pair with these pretzel buns, look no further than this Monastrell (also known as Mourvedre) from Spain. This wine has rich ripe berry fruit aromas yet is light, fresh, and fruity on the palate with tannins that hit you in the finish making it a nice wine for grilled meats and juicy sausages. A great value, this Mourvedre would be fantastic with a spicy or savory sausage.

Other Wine Pairings for Grilling Out


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