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5 Truly Sublime Wine and Kids' Food Pairings

Maybe you're a parent who just doesn't have the energy to prepare a dinner involving any sort of real food -- the memory of last night's horror show, when you tried to serve the kids the beef bourguignon you slaved over and they reacted as if you were skinning them alive, is still fresh and painful. Or maybe you're an adult who still loves snacking on kids' foods. (Let's be honest, who doesn't?)

Either way, if it's chicken nuggets for dinner again tonight, that's ok -- you can still have wine with it! Because as it turns out, even a meal of dinosaur-shaped processed meat can be elevated by a really good Pinot Noir. So go ahead. Pour yourself a glass or three. Hopefully by the end of the meal, it won't really matter what you're eating.

Mac 'n' Cheese with Sauvignon Blanc

Whether you're cracking open a box of Kraft or preparing homemade mac 'n' cheese from scratch (show-off!), a glass of off-dry Riesling will absolutely sing with those little tubes of cheesy pasta. The refreshing acidity and light sweetness of the wine acts as the perfect foil for the saltiness of the cheese, and the grapefruit and bell pepper flavors will surely make up for the fruits and vegetables you're not serving with the meal.

Chicken Nuggets with Pinot Noir

You've never had the pleasure of experiencing chicken nuggets with a glass of Pinot Noir? I'm delighted to be the one to introduce you to this epicurean delight. Pinot Noir tends to be medium-bodied, making it a flawless pairing for poultry – even heavily processed, re-shaped and breaded poultry. It's such a gorgeous complement, you'll be shoving your kids out of the way for the last nugget.

Hot Dogs with Cabernet Sauvignon

Dining on hot dogs tonight? There's nothing like a full-bodied California Cab to tame the nitrates and alarming amounts of oil and fat oozing out of those tasty little wieners. If you're finding your wine particularly tannic, just douse your dog with more ketchup to neutralize the problem. Now that's a banging good match.

Fish Sticks with Chardonnay

Eating fish sticks with a slightly chilled glass of Chardonnay is like whoa. Whether your preference is for an unoaked, citrusy Chard or a creamy, vanilla-tinged version, you'll wonder why this harmonious pairing hadn't occurred to you before ... well, it's probably because you didn't consider seafood in stick form to be a worthy accompaniment for wine. But now you know better.

PB&J with Tawny Port

Ever bitten into a freshly made peanut butter and jelly sandwich and asked yourself what wine would best pair with this legendary duo? No? Just me? Well, ok. You're lucky I've already pondered this conundrum and come up with an answer for you. With its simultaneous nuttiness and sweetness, PB&J can be difficult to balance, but an inspiring match lies in Tawny Port. Its nutty, oaky flavors, imparted from aging in wood casks, resonate with the peanut butter, while its acidity cuts perfectly through the richness of the jelly. You're welcome.

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