- Posted by The CorkGuru
This time of year brings the beginning of two important seasons: wine harvest and football season! You may not think that these two phenomena go together, but I am here to prove you wrong. It doesn’t matter if you’re more of a sports fanatic or wine aficionado, because both of these groups have one thing in common: they love to eat and drink!
Here are some ideas for your next football tailgate or team party that will not disappoint.
1. Pepperoni Pizza and Cabernet Franc
Who doesn’t love pizza? If you just said “Me!”, we are no longer friends. (We kid!) Either way, pizza is a staple of any party. Depending on what kind of pizza you are preparing or ordering, you can consider some different options for your wine pairings. With a classic pepperoni pizza, Cabernet Franc is a great option to counterbalance the power of the pepperoni flavor. On the other hand, one of our office favorites is margarita pizza with Garnacha which winefolly.com recommends along with a plethora of other pizza and wine options.
2. Hot Wings and Riesling
An off-dry Riesling is the go-to wine for almost any spicy meal. The fruitiness will help you recover from the overwhelming fire in which you willingly partake, plus it will help you prep for round two! Now we understand that sometimes you don’t only want hot wings. You might want BBQ and garlic and sweet honey wings as well, so that just means you’ll have to buy more wine! We’re already imagining a full table display of wings and wines at your next football tailgate. Can we come? See foodandwine.com for a list of every wing and wine pairing imaginable.
3. Chips and Champagne
Even Marilyn Monroe enjoyed chips and champagne in “The Seven Year Itch“. Bubbly goes so well with a salty snack and a team win! The problem is, depending on the chip and dip flavors, you might have to tweak your wine choice. A sparkling rosé with chips and salsa sounds delish to us! Take this infographic for a whirl to find the ultimate chip and wine pairings at thewinebar.com.
4. Italian Subs and Lambrusco
There’s nothing better than watching football with a foot-long sub (sorry, couldn’t resist the pun!). Pair your favorite Italian sub with the ultimate Italian red. We found this perfect pairing idea from Master Sommelier Travis Hinkle’s suggestions on winemag.com, and now we can’t stop daydreaming about it. A simple way to pair food and wine is to pair the regions where they both originate and nothing pairs better than Italian meats and wines.
5. Burgers and Pinot Noir
Pinot Noir is such a flexible red that it has the ability to pair well with almost any burger. Feel free to layer on all of the toppings that you enjoy. Take a big bite and a swig, because this combo will make you want to do your victory dance. We love this Ask a Somm column in Eater, and this article in particular includes recommendations for burger pairings directly from Sommeliers.
Lastly, if you’re not quite sure which wine brands to pick, you might find that one of your all-time favorite players has a wine brand. Here are a few that would pair perfectly with your next tailgate.
- Terlato Wines’ Mike Ditka Wines
- Joe Montana’s Montagia Wine
- Drew Bledsoe’s Doubleback Wines
- Charles Woodson’s TwentyFour Wines
…And did you hear what the cornerback for the Vikings, Terence Newman does? This is him bathing in red wine for his health. Talk about free radicals! Happy football season, friends! 🙂