Pairing wine with dinner can be intimidating, especially when you reserve wine for those special occasions. What people don't understand, though, is wine can go with anything—you don't need a fancy-shmancy dinner to justify drinking a glass of wine or two (or twelve).
So we asked Elana Abt, head sommelier at Mario Batali's OTTO Enoteca e Pizzeria in New York City for tips on how to pair wines with dinners we actually eat.
WHY: "There is an unfortunate stigma about a little grape called Riesling. Riesling is one of the most amazingly versatile grapes on the earth. It can range from searingly dry to lusciously sweet. This is hands down the best white wine to pair with almost any type of food, so when presented with a strawberry Pop-Tart choosing an off-dry Riesling was a no brainer.