Wine, food, football and friends – what could be better? Whether you have a large group of friends coming over for a viewing party, or a couple of friends to watch the highlights – you’re going to need a few snacks and libations to get you all in the game day mood. While football and wine might not seem like a natural pairing, they can be the ultimate game day matchup. For Sunday’s big game we’ll be pairing classic tailgating standbys like hot wings, chili and guac, with their perfect wines. Read on for an all star lineup of combinations that are taking the field this Superbowl Sunday.
Football and Wine Pairings for the Big Game:
CHILI & CABERNET SAUVIGNON
Spicy, meaty chili pairs well with an aromatic, easy to drink Cabernet Sauvignon with lots of red fruit and layers of soft tannins.
This wine is fresh and balanced on the palate, with a very fine and spicy texture. it is layered with black pepper and blue fruit. The finish is delicate and long-lasting.
HOT WINGS & Zinfandel
Tangy, spicy and sweet hot chicken wings or Buffalo wings call for a medium-bodied wine with plenty of fruit.
Aromas and flavors of juicy blackberries and currants are expressed in the 2014 Valdez Zinfandel. This wine has fresh acidity and light tannins that are in harmonious balance while hints of licorice and spice linger on the finish.
GUAC & CHARDONNAY
Creamy, silky guacamole pairs well with a balanced Chardonnay featuring layers of apricot and orchard fruit.
The Meadows opens with lovely sweetness, creaminess and breadth, but it has plenty of supporting structure that becomes more apparent on the midpalate and finish. Dried flowers, chamomile, apricot and orchard fruit all meld in this silky, expansive Chardonnay.
PIZZA & BIG, BOLD ITALIAN REDS
Pizza with savory toppings like cheese, olives, peppers or Italian sausage pairs perfectly with a bold red wine, like this blend of Merlot and Sangiovese from Italy
A balanced and fresh red for the hot 2017 vintage with medium body, fine tannins and plenty of currants, blackberries and blueberries on the finish.