Are you ready for some football?! Whether you're a diehard fan, just in it for the halftime show, or getting together with friends and family – having the right wine to pair up your Super Bowl eats can take game day snacking to a whole new level. Impress everyone around by serving up these delicious food & vino combos!
Barbecue Ribs and Zinfandel
Barbecue ribs are a classic Super Bowl food and they pair perfectly with a bold and spicy Zinfandel. The fruity flavors of the wine help to cut through the richness of the ribs and the spicy notes complement the smoky flavor of the barbecue sauce.
Here are a few specific Zinfandel recommendations to pair with barbecue ribs: Turley Wine Cellars "Old Vines" Zinfandel , Ravenswood "Vintners Blend" Zinfandel , Ridge Vineyards "Lytton Springs" Zinfandel , A. Rafanelli Zinfandel , Seghesio Zinfandel
These Zinfandels have robust and spicy profiles, with notes of black pepper, dark fruit, and vanilla that will complement the smoky flavor of the barbecue ribs.
Pizza and Cabernet Sauvignon
For this classic pairing, opt for something robust like a Napa Valley cabernet sauvignon. The bold flavors of the cab will stand up well against the richness of a cheesy pizza, while its earthy undertones provide an interesting contrast to the bright acidity of the tomato sauce.
Here are some of the top wineries in Napa Valley that specialize in Cabernet Sauvignon and are known for their excellent pairings with pizza: Joseph Phelps Vineyards , Wade Cellars, Caymus Vineyards , Heitz Cellar , Chateau Montelena Winery
Chicken Wings and Riesling
You can’t forget about chicken wings when it comes to football! Reach for an oaked chardonnay with tropical fruit aromas to bring out the savory flavors of the wings. The creamy texture will also be a great complement to the crispy exterior of the chicken.
Here are a few wineries that you can consider when looking for oaked chardonnay with tropical fruit aromas to pair with chicken wings: Napa Cellars, Napa Valley, California , Stag's Leap Wine Cellars, Napa Valley, California , Jordan Vineyard & Winery, Alexander Valley, California , Chateau Ste. Michelle, Columbia Valley, Washington , William Hill Estate Winery, Napa Valley, California
Sliders and Pinot Noir
Sliders are a great option for a Super Bowl party because they are easy to make and perfect for sharing. Pinot Noir is a versatile wine that pairs well with a variety of foods, and it's a great choice for sliders. The wine's bright fruit flavors and medium body complement the savory flavors of the sliders and the mushrooms, cheese, and onions.
Here are some specific wineries known for their Pinot Noir that you might consider for your Super Bowl party: Willamette Valley Vineyards, located in Oregon's Willamette Valley , Kistler Vineyards, based in California's Russian River Valley, , DeLoach Vineyards, located in California's Russian River Valley , Paul Lato, located in California's Santa Barbara County , The Dreaming Tree in California's Geyserville
Nachos and Syrah
Nachos are another popular Super Bowl food, and they pair perfectly with a bold and spicy Syrah. The wine's dark fruit flavors and peppery notes complement the melted cheese, jalapenos, and salsa on top of the nachos.
Here are a few wineries that produce Syrah that would pair well with nachos: Château Montelena Winery, Napa Valley, California , Pepper Bridge Winery, Walla Walla Valley, Washington , Sine Qua Non Winery, Central Coast, California , Two Hands Wines, Barossa Valley, South Australia , E. Guigal, Rhône Valley, France
Chili and Merlot
Chili is a classic Super Bowl food, and it pairs well with a medium-bodied Merlot. The wine's smooth tannins and soft fruit flavors help to balance the heat of the chili and the rich flavors of the beef, beans, and spices.
Some wineries that produce high-quality Merlots that you may enjoy with your chili include: Concha y Toro, located in the heart of the Rapel Valley, Chile, produces a number of well-regarded Merlots. Santa Rita, a Chilean winery that has been producing wine since the 19th century, offers a range of Merlots, including the 120 and Trio lines. Casillero del Diablo, also part of Concha y Toro, is a well-known Chilean winery that produces a number of delicious Merlots, including the Reserva and Gran Reserva lines. Montes, another Chilean winery located in the Colchagua Valley, is known for producing high-quality, full-bodied Merlots.
Chips & Salsa & Sauvignon Blanc
For those who prefer something more on the lighter side, reach for a glass of sauvignon blanc with your chips and salsa. The crisp acidity in this white wine pairs perfectly with spicy dips, while its citrusy notes help balance out all that heat!
Here are some specific wineries that offer quality sauvignon blanc wines that would pair well with chips and salsa: Cloudy Bay, Marlborough, New Zealand Grgich Hills Estate, Napa Valley, California , Stag's Leap Wine Cellars, Napa Valley, California , Cakebread Cellars, Napa Valley, California , Two Wolves, Santa Ynez Valley, California
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