Beer may be the beverage of choice for the big game, but wine can add another dimension to all of those culinary treats.
To create some exciting Super Bowl pairings, keep things simple and budget friendly by sticking to three options. A dry sparkling, an off-dry white and a fruit forward full-bodied red will provide the perfect pairings for many common Super Bowl snacks.
One of my all time favorite pairings with fried food is sparkling wine. The bright acidity and bubbles provide the perfect foil for salty treats. An off-dry white like a Riesling will cover the spectrum of seafood and spicy dishes and a hearty fruit forward red wine like a Zinfandel will work magic when paired with meaty, savory dishes.
Since this weekend is all about American football, here are a few patriotic wines (under $25) to have on hand for the big game that will pair perfectly with everything on your game day table!
SPARKLING – Recommended Producers: Gruet Brut Blanc de Blanc, Roederer Estate Brut & Gloria Ferrer Brut Blanc
- Hot Wings w/Blue Cheese (Super spicy wings call for a sweeter sparkling)
- Chips & Dip
- Assorted Cheeses
- Potato Skins
- Deviled Eggs
RIESLING – Recommended Producers: Eroica, Kung Fu Girl & Chateau Ste. Michelle
- Seven Layer Dip
- Vinegar Based BBQ
- Ham & Pineapple Pizza
- Fruit Salads
- Chicken Satay
ZINFANDEL – Recommended Producers: Federalist, Sobon Estates & Hendry “HRW”
- Meat Lovers Pizza
- Short Rib Sliders
- Roast Beef Sandwiches
- Smoked Mozzarella stuffed Meatballs