I’m a sommelier and I love drinking fine wines at McDonald’s – here are the best pairings for your favorite dishes
A sommelier has revealed McDonald’s dishes that go well with a glass of wine or champagne.
Chris Cassell, 38, from Islington, north London, says a Big Mac goes perfectly with a glass of the red French tipped Burgundy.
The fast-food giant’s famous burger costs £4.59, compared to £21 for a good bottle of wine.
While a £4.29 McChicken nugget or a £4.19 McChicken sandwich is washed down nicely with a bottle of Veuve Clicquot champagne, which normally costs £55.
Sauternes, a sweet Bordeaux white wine that costs around £40, pairs well with the £1.19 McDonald’s Apple Pie.
Sommelier Chris Cassell, 38, from Islington in north London, revealed McDonald’s food choices, which go well with a glass of wine or champagne
The wine expert is convinced that first-class alcohol is not only suitable for good food.
He runs tasting events for £40 a head where guests can taste five different wines while Chris explains the pairings to them.
He welcomes them to his Must and Lees wine shop and tasting room in Islington, and Chris orders iconic McDonald’s items to match the alcohol from Deliveroo.
Chris said: “We don’t all eat at Michelin star restaurants most nights.”
“But most of us, like me, like to drink wine in the evenings. There is a wine selection to go with everything you eat.
“I thought it would be interesting to focus on something that’s not traditionally paired with wine.”
“Prices are high right now and there are some great combinations.”
“Most people think, ‘All I can think about is pairing wine with a fancy dinner party or spending a fortune on premium wines.’
Chris says a Big Mac goes perfectly with a glass of the red French tipped burgundy. The fast-food giant’s famous burger costs £4.59, compared to £21 for a good bottle of wine
He welcomes them to his Must and Lees wine shop and tasting room in Islington, and Chris orders iconic McDonald’s items to match the alcohol from Deliveroo
“But actually you can combine any kind of wine with some things.”
Chris says the key to finding the perfect pairing is balance.
He recommends pairing contrasting flavors like greasy rotisserie chicken with a fresh, higher-acid wine like champagne.
He added, “A good example is fish and chips.” We usually add something contrasting like lemon or vinegar because it contrasts nicely with fried breaded fish.
“We combine wine with McNuggets, Big Macs and chips.”
“My favorite food is Sauternes – a sweet wine from Bordeaux with apple pie.”
The wine expert says his event tends to be popular with younger guests.
So far it has been a great success as the next events on August 9th were sold out.
Chris is also opening a second wine shop where he plans to host similar events.