You’ve seen probably a million lists online that pair wine with food or wine with music, hell, even wine with movies. But where are the wine pairings for video games? To address this shortcoming, we spoke to master sommelier Morgan Harris about which types of wine go best with which games.
Before we begin, it should be noted that pairing wine and game is not an exact science. The combination of wine with food often leads to chemical interactions that enhance or change the taste; Of course, that doesn’t happen with fixtures. “Wine is basically a grocery store, which means there isn’t a lot of structural overlap with gambling, which is a recreational activity,” says Harris. “At its base, things are very different, but there is certainly some overlap and both are designed to be enjoyable … I would argue that the joy of wine, like gaming, lies in discovering a world like one Open world game, the joy of wine is to taste the novel and try new things. With this limitation, types of wine can to some extent be thought of as genres of games. “
With that in mind, here are a few wines you might want to pair with a game of for a solid night out:
Riesling & Stardew Valley
“Classic German Riesling is very sour, but also sweet. I think it’s funny that we kind of have a preference for sweet wines – as Americans we don’t drink that, and yet we love lemonade, and that’s exactly the same. ” It’s really tart and kind of sweet. Sitting around and drinking a glass of German Riesling is something like that. It’s like playing something mindless and fun, something like Stardew Valley or in a way like Valheim, where you just sit around and relax and do things at your own pace. “
Barbaresco / Barolo & Darks Souls
“In northern Italy, Nebbiolo is a famous grape variety and it comes in two wines: one called Barbaresco and one called Barolo. When they’re young, the wines are really, really tannic so that’s that astringent, astringent feeling you get, and they’re high in acidity. They go great with red meat, but it’s not really much fun sitting around and only drinking when they’re young because they’re so grippy and astringent. But that’s a bit like Dark Souls, isn’t it? It really is a challenge, but if you spend some time on it and have the patience and like something full bodied and intense, it could be your thing. “
Champagne & story-based RPGs
“Champagne is in a way like a story-based role-playing game in which you can lose yourself as your own little world in it. Again, with the caveat that wine is always a way of sharing, there is something very relaxing about drinking champagne for me, as well Play story-based single player RPGs because you just do everything at your own pace. Okay, there are a number of quest icons everywhere, but if people don’t want to do that side quest, you don’t have to do that side quest. Nobody is rushing you Nobody rushes you. You just do the whole game at your own pace.
Sauvignon Blanc & Fighting Games
“Sauvignon Blanc is like fighting games in that they are very special in their taste. There is a certain green that will not be for everyone. Some people love it. They really love it. But for a lot of people, it’s strange too. There’s a certain sweaty up, up, down, down, a, b, a quality, or whatever we will call it, that is valued by a certain group of people who find something like this pleasant. I think Sauvignon Blanc is Likewise. You either love it or you hate it. Also, there are many different expressions around the world. There are many different subgenres of fighting games. “
Chardonnay & Sagittarius
“Chardonnay doesn’t have a lot of flavor by itself and takes on a lot of the personality of the place it comes from. So you have something like Chablis, which is from the north of France and is very lean and low in alcohol. It’s grown in a cold place, and it doesn’t actually use oak. On the other side of the spectrum you have something like California Chardonnay which is very rich and oaky and buttery. Both are the same grape but they are very knowledgeable about where they were raised. FPS it’s the same in a way. They have a looter like Destiny that’s kind of spongy. The FPS mechanics are there, but it’s a bit more RPG. And then there’s stuff like the whole CoD series, theirs Has its own special flavors that some people have and some don’t. Then there are games like Valorant or Counter-Strike. There are many different ways to look at a visor and at Le ute shoot. Even within a genre there are many different expressions.
Cabernet Sauvignon and World of Warcraft
“MMOs are ubiquitous as a genre and I think they go hand in hand with Cabernet Sauvignon because it’s an experience that almost everyone has had. There are very few people right now who haven’t played one or don’t know what you are, so there are a lot of parallels. I mean, the number of gamers who have never played MMOs – and certainly think of World of Warcraft as a major part of the genre. It’s reliable. It’s reliable. Anyone can find something to love in it. “
Pinot Noir & Hades
“Pinot Noir is a bit of a roguelike or roguelite. Pinot Noir is really, really difficult to grow, but when done well it’s one of the most magical grapes out there. It has very high highs and deepest lows in quality. Certainly it could you think of something like Spelunky or Hades the same way that when you start out you know there’s going to be a lot of disappointment, but as you take in more and more of what you like, do something, like Beating Hades for the first time really makes you feel perfect. Pinot Noir is like that too. You have to fight your way through a lot of mediocre wines to find a really extraordinary wine because it’s really hard to grow. And it’s not for everyone. It takes a skilled hand and a certain amount of skill to produce it. “
The ultimate takeout
Pairing wine with games is about finding structural similarities between genres and varietals, but there is no such thing as one-on-one. Ultimately, when you pair a bottle of wine with a game, you are likely to have a good night.
“Games are competition to some extent,” says Harris. “Even when you’re going up against yourself. Wine was never really meant to be a competitive factor. If you enjoy drinking lighthearted whites, it doesn’t matter how many points a Napa Valley Cabernet gets; it will likely never really be your pocket. But both are.” Pastimes. They’re supposed to have fun with them. I would argue that sharing with friends, as with a lot of things, is one of the best ways to both play and have wine at their home, buy a bottle of wine and about it talk. Do it. Just have fun. “
But of course, remember to drink responsibly!