If you drink: Blonde
Try: Bubbly, from anywhere, all the time, anytime, go
“Blondes make the best victims,” said Alfred Hitchcock, and you'll likely agree, thinking back to the many you have vanquished from pint glasses. Thanks to their clear, crisp taste, fruity aromas, and subtle bitterness, blonde-lovers should take down sparkling wine, with its varying bright stone fruit, citrus, and baking-spice notes.
Good examples: There are far too many, but start with one from California: Iron Horse, 2009 Vintage Brut, Russian River Valley, Sonoma County ($33) or a truly approachable and delightful Prosecco from Italy: LaMarca Prosecco, NV, Italy ($13)
If you drink: Kölsch, Kölsch-style, or Pilsner
Try: Gewürztraminer or a dry or off-dry Riesling
Great Riesling, for the most part, is not sweet (we swear!); it’s bone dry. Superb Rieslings are intensely mineral-driven and have some weight, but, like Pilsners, are lighter bodied with lower alcohol, and they possess vibrant citrus and spice notes, and, like Kölsch brews, show mild “grapey” notes in addition to some fun, funky petrol and gasoline overtones. But, like, nice gasoline.
Good Examples: Joh. Jos. Prüm 2011 Riesling Kabinett, Mosel, Germany ($25) or Trimbach 2011 Gewurztraminer, Alsace, France ($22)