Like most kinds of chicken, the sauce and preparation dictates the drink pairing. Here are four ways to pair different types of chicken wings.
Buffalo wings. The classic vinegary hot sauce is generally a disaster for wine. Instead, opt for beer—something with bitter flavors, like an IPA, works well to quell the heat and cleanse your palate of all that butter and blue cheese.
Barbecued. Wings with a darker barbecue sauce, including this molasses one, is great with full-bodied, ripe-style reds, like Malbec or red Zinfandels. If the wings are both sweet and spicy, like these cherry-glazed wings, similar wines can work, but beer is usually better. German Doppelbocks are full-bodied with sweeter, roasty flavors that are nice with this style of chicken wing.