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The Best Wine and Nut Pairings

Updated: Jul 22, 2022

Nuts are one of the most common snack options available. The countless variety of wine and nuts makes them even more attractive, and the health benefits are a plus.

The global nut and seed market was valued at 1301.4 billion US dollars and is expected to rise to 1422.1 trillion US dollars by 2023.

Nuts are consumed in many ways, and one of the most enjoyable and exciting ways to consume nuts is to pair them with wine. Drinking wine on its own might be enjoyable Wine Tours near Solvang but pairing it with specific items like cheese, chocolate, meat, and nuts enhances the flavor of the wine tenfold.

With such a wide variety of wines and snacks, it might get tricky to understand and remember what type of wine pairs well with which food or snack.

We are here to clear your confusion with a guide about the best nuts and wine pairings.

Some of the factors that you should consider while choosing nuts to pair with wine include:

  • Bitterness

  • Texture

  • Acidity

  • Sweetness

  • Fat

  • Saltiness

Another factor to consider is the nut's form; is it baked, raw, or roasted?

You can experiment with pairings if you’re feeling adventurous, but here are a few tried and tested pairings of wine and nut recommended by us that you should opt for if you want to play safe.

Roasted Almond And Pinot Noir

Pinot noir has lighter tannins and is not very acidic, and unlike red wine, it does not make the bitter notes in nuts prominent, so it makes a good pair with sweet toasted almonds.

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Hazelnuts And Rosé

The berry-like and citrusy flavor of rosé works well with the woody and sweet elements of hazelnuts.

Pecans And Cabernet Sauvignon

Pecans have a sweet taste and are complex. Cabernet Sauvignon is complex with fruity undertones. The pecans help highlight the sweetness of the wine and balance out the tannins present in it.

Pecans also are a good pair with Pinot Noir.

Cashews With Pinot Gris And Sauvignon Blanc

Cashews are rich nuts and make a good combination with Pinot Gris or Sauvignon Blanc. The wines and the nut are opposites; cashews are fat and rich, the wines are not. These qualities cause the wine and the nut to balance out each other.

Macadamias And Sparkling Wine

Macadamias and sparkling wine, like champagne, is a match made in heaven.

Macadamias have a buttery feel to them, and, paired with a crisp and dry sparkling wine, they make up a luxurious treat.

If you are looking to try out more such pairings and not just with nuts, contact us for a wine tasting tours Solvang. We offer several Solvang wine tours and tastings packages along with other services like

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