In-N-Out and Cabernet Sauvignon?

Turning Leaf Cabernet Sauvignon
Turning Leaf Cabernet Sauvignon

 by Jeff Hoyt 

A chocolate shake makes a wonderful complement to a fast-food burger, but I’m really enjoying this Turning Leaf Cabernet Sauvignon with my In-N-Out burger. “Wine doesn’t need to be reserved for fine dining,” says Turning Leaf winemaker Nicole Hitchcock, who also suggests pairing the Cab with pizza and a meatball hero. She hopes that more people will pair her very inexpensive line of wines with takeout food, and has even conducted a survey of America’s takeout habits, with some surprising results.

Have you ever pretended that takeout food was something you actually made? 34%, more than 1 in 3, pled guilty. I’ve never done that, but I do admit sneaking a bite of food before bringing it home, along with 61% of the respondents.

At the end of the work week, most people would rather not do more work in the kitchen (except, perhaps, pop a cork), so Friday is the most popular night for takeout food. It’s a toss-up for where to eat the food: dining room table, or living room couch, perhaps in front of a movie.

The most popular take-out cuisine? Chinese tops the charts with 41%, with Italian a distant second at 21%. American (18%), Mexican (14%), and Japanese (4%) round out the list (See chart below).

For more information on the survey, visit Check out our lists of the Best Take-Out in LA, NYC and San Francisco, and find more meals on a budget in the Gayot Economic Stimulus Plan.


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