Autumn is typically associated with Saturday tailgating and Monday night football, but winter brings on the best of football festivities. If you have your menu prepared, but think game day beverages have to be a mix of craft brews, you may want to rethink that notion. More hostesses are pairing wine with game day foods and the results are quite satisfying. Take a look at some of these game day favorites and learn what pairs best for your snack fest.
This football staple can be served with either beef or chicken. Don’t forget, your nachos are topped with mostly cheddar or jack cheeses. Try a nice zinfandel like Sanctuary Zinfandel or a great California red staple like Bernard Cabernet Sauvignon. Both will pair nicely with either protein.
Nothing says football like a great pizza or gourmet flatbread. If your pizza is more traditional, serve up a nice red like Sanctuary Cabernet Sauvignon. For more of a gourmet flatbread with pineapples or other sweet ingredients, try sipping Jekel Riesling. Riesling will pair nicely with your gourmet taste.
Traditional chili will warm the souls of football fans, but pairing with a robust red wine will give each reason to cheer. Try a fruity red like Bonterra the Butler, which gives a hint of smoke on the palate. This particular wine goes nicely with hearty chili spices.
While each dip may have a different pairing, you can’t go wrong with having a dip sampling. If this is your game plan, try these flavors accordingly:
- Guacamole pairs nicely with Jekel Chardonnay, but stay away from any red.
- Tomato-based salsa goes nicely with Sanctuary Zinfandel, which will give you a taste of sweet spices and a hint of white pepper.
- French onion dip combines nicely with a white with a hint of sweetness. Try Bonterra the Roost.
Must Have Wings
Every game day must have wings. Whether you choose to serve them buffalo style or not, it’s up to you. However, since most recipes call for the iconic spicy taste of hot sauce, try using a fruity wine pairing. Hands down you’ll find that Sanctuary Pinot Noir with its hint of strawberry and red cherry flavors work well. If you’re thinking more white, try going with Jekel Chardonnay with a passion fruit, apricot, and citrus palette that offers a perfect balance.
If you’re hosting multiple dishes, perhaps it’s best to have a good wine buffet selection. Try incorporating at least several whites, a Riesling and a simple red. You may also want to try serving 1000 Stories Zinfandel. This particular wine has a unique aging process that incorporates bourbon barrels, which brings out the ripe fruit and just enough spice—perfect for masculine game day fan.
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