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Wine Craft: 6 Major League Hot Dog and Wine Pairings

Hot dog and wine pairings? It may sound weird, but this really is a case of tasting is believing. We’re not expecting you to chug a bottle of vino at the ballpark (disclaimer: we may have smuggled a Riesling or two into Jacob’s Field back in the day…), but for those nights when you’re catching a game on TV and want to serve your guest (or just yourself) something a little more exciting than nachos and Schlitz, well, we’ve got you covered!

Check out the six hot dog and wine pairings below and let us know what you think!

Do you have a favorite hot dog? If you put it in the comments, Mario will give you some wine pairing ideas.

What a way to celebrate opening day!


Cincinnati Reds

Cincy residents know a thing or two about chili. This version is sadly lacking the popular Skyline stuff, but our chili is still pretty tasty, and once we added chopped onions and cheddar cheese, we had a home run on our hands!

Wine Pairing: Syrah

Try it: Robert Hall Syrah, 2013 – $19

Los Angeles Dodgers

At Dodger Stadium, this bad boy is a foot long. We’d like to believe that size isn’t everything… In any case, we tucked our frankfurter into a steamed bun, threw on some classic toppings, and called it a day.

Wine Pairing: Prosecco

Try it: Gramona Grand Cuvee Cava, 2009 – $20

Chicago Cubs

The Chicago dog is pretty famous. Ours varies slightly from the classic: we skipped the poppy-seed bun and swapped out the sport peppers for pepperoncini (we couldn’t find sport peppers locally, but you can snag some on Amazon if you plan ahead), but there was no way we were missing out on the sauteed onions, diced tomatoes, kosher pickle spears, yellow mustard, pickled relish, and a sprinkle of celery salt to finish it all off.

Wine Pairing: Cava

Try it: Valdo Prosecco – $9

NY Mets

This dog honors two NY institutions, one old (the Mets) and one new (restaurateur Danny Meyer’s Shake Shack). Baseball fans eating at Citi Field’s Shake Shack will likely get this sage and apple sausage dog that’s been butterflied and seared on a flat-top grill. Toppings are up to you, but the meat is flavorful enough without the need for excess ornamentation.

Wine Pairing: Pinot Noir

Try it: Husch Anderson Valley Pinot Noir, 2013 – $23

Atlanta Braves

In Atlanta, they give their all-beef hot dog a Southern twist with pulled pork tossed in a mustard-based BBQ sauce, cole slaw, and slice pickles.

Wine Pairings: Chardonnay

Try it: Robert Oatley Signature Chardonnay, 2014 – $15

The Signature Mario Luna Somm Dog!

There just couldn’t be a Wine Craft all about hot dogs without creating a signature Mario Luna Somm version! This dog takes a little spice from Mario’s part-Mexican background with some carnitas, chipotle aioli, and cucumber pico de gallo.

Wine Pairing: Riesling

Try it: Chateau Ste. Michelle Dry Riesling, 2014 – $10



Mario Luna sommelier

Mario Luna is a Certified Sommelier and owner of Mario Luna Somm, a company dedicated to “Developing the Sommelier in You” through online wine courses, blogs, and other user-friendly content. He lives in Las Vegas where, in addition to working on the famous Las Vegas Strip, he serves as a consultant for large-scale wine events, specialty shops, and all kinds of wine tastings. You can contact Mario at his website or check out his courses, including the top-selling Wine for Beginners, here.




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