There are a wide variety of snacks and appetizers. While another beverage may seem like a more convenient choice, opening the right bottle of wine with your favorite treat can be a harmonious match. The key to matching wine with these starters is to make sure the wine does not overwhelm any particular food, sauce or level of spiciness.
For spicy foods (Asian/Mexican) go with a lighter, slightly sweet white wine like Pinot Grigio or Riesling to "cool" down and complement the spiciness. For acidic appetizers like pizza and bruschetta, think acidic wines from Italy. When in doubt, you can never go wrong with a fresh Prosecco to accompany your starter course or hors d' oeuvres.
Chips and Salsa
The brightness of the tomatoes and spiciness of the peppers work well with aromatic whites, such as Riesling
or Pinot Blanc
and Pinot Grigio
The richness of the cheese works as a compliment to the richness of Chardonnay
Pizza with Red Sauce
Pizza is a natural with low tannin, high acid reds like Sangiovese
blends from Italy.