Kettle Chips are a must-have on our grocery list, and it only seems fitting that we pair them with our favorite wines for the ultimate comfort snack (or meal). Here are five of our favorite pairings that we know you’ll love!
2019 Grenache Blanc
Pairing: Parmesan Garlic Kettle Chips
The 2019 Grenache Blanc is a bright and lively wine. Apricot, honey, and brioche notes on the palate are balanced by a green apple finish – a beautiful balance of sweet and citrus. Grenache Blanc typically pairs well with garlic, so it’s a no-brainer why this pairing works so well. The wine enhances this chip on the finish, pulling the garlic flavors to the forefront. This one is definitely for the garlic lovers out there!
2019 Rosé of Syrah
Pairing: Salt & Pepper Kettle Chips
To us, this is the perfect Rosé – light pink in color, mouthwatering acidity with a complex palate, and one that’s perfect for sipping on the porch. Our immediate thought of this pairing was “butter in your mouth.” The creaminess of the Salt & Pepper Kettle Chips (okay, maybe the oiliness) contrasted perfectly with the crisp acidity of this Rosé. The slight peppery finish, what Syrah is known for, complements the pepper that delicately coats the chips.
2017 Estate Ty’s Red
Pairing: Bourbon BBQ Kettle Chips
The 2017 Estate Ty’s Red Blend is easy to drink. If you’ve ever had this wine, you know what I’m talking about. This wine is a blend of a little bit of everything from the Caton Estate Vineyard with layers of fruit on the palate and a beautiful finish. Though this wine can pair with almost anything, this particular pairing is exquisite. The Bourbon BBQ Kettle Chips are sweet with a hint of tart that pairs well with this wine’s acidity. The delightful combination of flavors continues to mingle on the palate as we finish writing this sentence. The toast and smokiness of the Bourbon are brought out by the wine, which doesn’t happen when you eat the chips by themselves. This pairing is soft, subtle, and harmonious.
2017 Estate Ballfield Syrah
Pairing: Sea Salt Kettle Chips
Everyone is familiar with Chardonnay and Sea Salt Potato Chips, right? Well, in this instance, we say good-bye to Chardonnay and hello to Syrah! The complexity of the Ballfield Syrah is contrasted by the simplicity of the Sea Salt Kettle Chips. There’s not much else to say other than this works!
Fun Fact: The Ballfield Syrah is named because of the history of the property. Before Ty planted the vineyard, the Syrah block was once home to a baseball field owned by the Boys & Girls Club of San Francisco. The backstop is still on the property, overlooking the Syrah vines.
2017 Estate Winemaker’s Cuvée Cabernet Sauvignon
Pairing: Honey Dijon Kettle Chips
We won’t lie, we were a little hesitant to give this pairing a try, but we’re so glad we did! The 2017 Estate Winemaker’s Cuvée is approachable with beautiful red fruit on the palate and toasty oak. In spite of its youth, its soft tannic structure makes way for a gentle finish. The red fruit that dominates the palate mingles with the Honey Dijon Kettle Chips’ mustard flavors in ways we never thought possible. There’s a slight herbiness on the palate that appears when they’re together. You don’t expect this pairing to work, but it does.
It’s not too late to acquire your own Virtual Tasting Collection and taste through these pairings yourself. Follow us on Instagram @tycatonvineyards and Facebook @TyCatonVineyards to let us know what you think. Cheers!