Who doesn’t love homemade Mac and Cheese? Andrea Green of The Greenbacks Gal has a fantastic Freezer Mac and Cheese Sauce Recipe that will make your homemade version just as quick as the box kind. Add some chicken, steamed vegetables, and a bottle of wine, and it’s no longer just dinner for the kids. Try pairing it with one of these wines.
Freezer Mac and Cheese Recipe and Wine Pairing
For this simple yet creamy comfort dish, you’ll want a wine bold enough to match the strength of the creamy cheesy sauce but also one that will refresh the palate to keep everything from feeling heavy.
Rieslings and Chardonnays are both good choices for different reasons. The floral and fruity characteristics of a good Riesling will really play off the sharp and nutty cheese and the acidity will cut through the creaminess of the dish. Chardonnays can be rich, creamy, and full-bodied (similar to the weight and textures of the dish), but the good ones will possess enough acidity to cut through the sauce, and not allow your palate to feel fatigued.
Riesling: Charles Smith ‘Kung Fu Girl’ Riesling ~$13
Lovely aromatics on this wine with peach, mandarin orange, and apricot. This wine has great acidity and just a touch of refreshing sweetness on the finish. One of the best values in domestic Riesling, this wine will provide a great refreshing balance to the creamy mac and cheese.
Riesling: Kendall-Jackson Vintner’s Reserve Riesling ~$11
Initially aromatic with loads of fruity, juicy peach and apricot. Straightforward and slightly sweet, but possesses strong acidity that will add crispness to the dish.
Chardonnay: Bonterra Vineyards Chardonnay ~$13
This organic Chardonnay is aromatic with green apple, pineapple, citrus, and sweet crème brulee. Initially rich and buttery, the wine finishes clean with bright acidity and refreshing zest. The creaminess of the wine will meld well with the dish but leave your palate refreshed for the next bite.
Chardonnay: Bridlewood Estate Winery Chardonnay ~$13
Tropical fruit, mandarin orange, and floral aromas mix with vanilla and spice. Just the right amount of creaminess on the palate, with some apple, caramel and honey, and spice to mingle with the sharp cheese of the dish.
Chardonnay: Foxen Block UU Bien Nacido Vineyard Chardonnay ~$32
For more of a splurge worthy Chardonnay, try this elegant example. Aroma driven and full of tropical and citrus fruit (grapefruit, mango, pineapple) with subtle peach, just the right amount of spice and oak, a creamy honeyed texture, and vanilla undertones. Elegant, with bright acidity balancing out the wine’s rich body.
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