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Perfect Pairings For An Upgraded PB&J

Perfect Pairings For An Upgraded PB&J

In sticky-sweet celebration of National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day, we’ve decided to elevate this classic American staple from the lunchbox to the wine cellar.

While time has proven the classic PB&J to be a thing of enduring perfection, we couldn’t help but wonder about upgrading your ingredients for a whole new palate-pleasing experience.

So, whether you’re serving guests or eating the kiddos’ leftovers, we’ve got you covered from P to J with wine pairings that will have you raising a sticky pinky high into the air.

The Classic
Grape Jelly and Standard Peanut Butter paired with Lambrusco.

Offering a generous palate of brambly fruit aromas, bright berry notes, a subtle sweetness, and just the right amount of sparkle will complement the sweetness of the jelly while the acidity will run right alongside a good peanut butter. And the light, bubbly edge will wash your mouth clean after each sip.

Nutella and Raspberry Jam
Chocolatey Nutella and raspberry jam paired with Ruby Port.

The heavy chocolate flavors and nutty characteristics of the hazelnuts layered with the tanginess of the raspberry jam work wonderfully with a sweet red as the sugary wine will blend to perfection.

Fresh Fruit and Cashew Butter
A spread of cashew butter topped with fresh blackberries and diced peaches topped with fresh mint and a drizzle of honey paired with Chardonnay.

A to Z Wineworks Chardonnay is the opposite of an oaky butter-bomb, providing clean fruit flavors like pineapple and peach skin that are enhanced by the fresh fruit and mint while perfectly complementing the nuttiness of the cashew butter.

Toasted Pepper Jelly and Cream Cheese
Hot and sweet pepper jelly matched with cream cheese on toasted bread and paired with Prosecco.

The fresh, fruity and crisp prosecco partners well with the crunchy, creaminess of a grilled sandwich while the spiciness of the jelly and the tanginess of the melty cream cheese blend wonderfully with the bubbles.

Cookie Butter and Apple Jelly
Cookie butter spread and apple jelly paired with a sparkling Rosé.

The light, crisp sweetness of the apple jelly pairs delightfully with the strawberry nose and fruitiness of the wine while the cookie butter plays up the dessert flavors to perfection.

Sriracha Infused Peanut Butter and Strawberry Jelly
Mix in half a teaspoon of Sriracha for every two tablespoons of creamy peanut butter; partner it with strawberry jelly, and pair it with a Moscato d’Asti.

This spicy version of a PB&J blends sweet, spicy, and salty for a delicious combination that is beautifully balanced by the sweet, light body, and sparkling mouthfeel of this Moscato. Visit a Spec’s near you to find a delicious bottle of wine for your upgraded peanut butter and jelly sandwich. With our selection of wines and finer foods, we can help you elevate your lunch game any day of the year.


Owned and operated by the same Houston family since 1962, Spec’s is a true destination shopping experience. We now operate over 150 stores all over the great state of Texas and offer a large selection of wines, spirits and finer foods.

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