Alright football fans, with the big game less than 2 weeks away it is time to get down to the nitty gritty. No, I am not talking about delving into who will win the game and what songs Coldplay and Beyoncé will perform at halftime. Instead let’s focus on something way more important… all of those fantastic wine parings to go with your classic football snacks. Below is a list of the most popular food that tends to be served for the big game, as well as a red and white wine selection to go with each option. This should help you and your guests make the most of this glorious, hedonistic day of indulgence.
Red: Pinot Noir – Light and bright with lots of acidity to balance out the heat from those wings.
Best Bet: Primarius 2013 Pinot Noir, Oregon
White: Riesling – A dry, crisp Riesling is perfect to moderate all that heat and spice.
Best Bet: Fox Run 2013 Dry Riesling
Red: Rioja – A perfect spicy, Spanish red to go with a classic Spa… well, more American dish really.
Best Bet: Vina Zaco 2014 Rioja, Bodegas Bilbainas
White: Albarino – With lots of acidity and lemon zest character, this will help pep up those jalapenos.
Red: Cabernet Sauvignon – Because it’s beef… the end.
White: Chardonnay – You’ll need something oaky and buttery to stand up to burger, even a small one.
Best Bet: La Crema 2013 Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast
Red: Zinfandel – With its blueberry fruit and peppery spice, Zin is sure to enhance your award winning chili recipes.
White: Sauvignon Blanc – A clean, crisp and unoaked Sauvi Blanc will work nicely here.
Red: Chianti/Super Tuscan – These wines are literally made to go with the highly acidic tomato sauce.
Best Bet: Monte Antico 2011 Super Tuscan
White: Pinot Grigio – While the pizza may weigh you down, the PG will keep you light on your feet.