Wine and Blue Jeans Make Unexpected Pairings

Worried that finding that perfect bottle of wine is as tedious as shopping for that perfect pair of jeans? No chance, say the pros at “Choosing wines is easy if you identify a few styles that suit you best,” insists wine expert Leslie Sbrocco, author of “The Simple & Savvy Wine Guide.”

“I realized how much wine is like fashion,” Sbrocco explains. “We seek out brands or designers because we’re partial to their styles and we like the way they fit, feel and look. The same is true of wine. We buy certain wines because we prefer their styles – or the way they smell, taste and feel.”

“Comparing wine to something everyday like blue jeans helps people relax and have fun with it,” she adds. So look at your favorite pair of jeans for a hint at what types of wine you might enjoy.

Bootcut/Flare: Classically cool, flattering jeans deserve wines with the same sensibility, like the classic wine duo of Chardonnay and Cabernet. Authentic French Chablis is a Chardonnay from the northern Burgundy region known for its classy elegance. Bootcut-wearing red wine lovers should try Cabernet Sauvignon-based wines, especially complex versions from California’s Napa Valley and blends from Bordeaux, France – true classics.

Relaxed/Boy Cut: These versatile favorite jeans are a match for a seasonless Sauvignon Blanc, loaded with flavor and suited to any situation. California and New Zealand produce easy-drinking versions, or turn to France for dressed-up styles. A suitably relaxed red is Merlot; this favorite is about texture, so sipping one is like slipping on your favorite lived-in jeans.

Straight: A little curvy (without being too racy), these jeans call for wines with a hint of sexiness. Viognier is a white grape famous for producing aromatic, fleshy wines from France, California and Australia. Syrah (or Shiraz as it’s called in Australia) is the sexiest red around.

Baggy/Distressed: Stretch out in your loose-fitting jeans and pour a glass of comfort with a welcoming and familiar wine like Pinot Grigio (or Pinot Gris). Vibrant and juicy, it swings from weekday meals to casual weekends with ease. For lovers of big, bold reds, comfy California Zinfandel is the wine to try – jammy, full-bodied and a mouthful of pleasure.

Wide Leg/Trouser: Sophisticated sippers pair with these uptown jeans. Begin with bubbles. French Champagne is a popular bubbly or reach for Spanish Cava, Italian Prosecco or California sparkling wine. For dark-washed, denim trousers, try Pinot Noir. Pinot’s “wine-chic elegance” makes it the most food-friendly wine around.

Skinny/Pencil: These uber-trendy jeans call for an edgy, rock star wine. For the vinous risk taker, uncork a racy white such as Spain’s Albariño. It is high on the hit list of up-and-coming wine stars, along with Austria’s Grüner Veltliner. For reds, a sexy set of signature South American wines are Argentinian Malbec – deeply colored and rich – and spicy, smooth Chilean Carménère.

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