When it comes to the Super Bowl – chips, dips, pizza, chili and other pub grub are in high demand. While beer has had a long and tenacious history with "The Game," more sideliners are opting to enjoy the occasion with wine. But which wines go with buffalo wings, nachos, and hot dogs? Read on to find out.
Wine for the Chips
Believe it or not, but fancy, formal Champagne and other more affordable sparkling wines like Cava are amazing with salty, greasy potato chips!
The pert acidity and lively bubbles cut right through the fat factor delivering a delicious palate partnership. Talk about versatility. Chips and salsa on your plate? Then beat the heat with an off-dry Riesling or opt for a bold, Australian Shiraz with a plate full of nachos or buffalo wings. A light sparkling wine will also handle cheesy nachos well, especially if there is a bit of spice to them.
Wine for the Veggie Tray
For those opting for the healthy veggie plate alongside a creamy ranch or French onion dip, the sometimes herbal undertones and bright citrus components of Sauvignon Blanc bring out the best in both.
Wine for the Pizza
If a meat lover's pizza is on your plate, grab a Chianti or Zinfandel. Going gourmet with a white pizza? Please the palate with the sparkle of Prosecco. Veggie-themed pies call for the sometimes pungent profile of Sauvignon Blanc or the acid zest of Pinot Grigio.
Wine With Chili (and Chili Dogs)
If you've got a cup full of chili, then grab a food-friendly, fruit-laden Zinfandel to handle the heady mix of cheese, beans, meat and tomatoes. Looking for something lighter bodied? Try a glass of rosé or the red fruit themes of Beaujolais.
Wine With Buffalo Wings
Buffalo wings, typically accompanied by creamy blue cheese dressing, are a Super Bowl staple, but what wine can handle the grease and spice of this particular tradition?
Wine With Burgers, Brats, and Hot Dogs
Burgers, brats, and hot dogs all match up well with a variety of fairly easy-going red wines. Look for a wine with good fruit, decent tannins, and enough palate power to handle the fat components of the meat. Consider snagging an Argentinean Malbec, an Aussie Shiraz or a Californian Cab, with the most versatile vino pairing for this lineup going to the fresh flavors of Zinfandel.
Wine for the Appetizer Table
A tried and true Riesling or lively Sauvignon Blanc will stand up to a majority of appetizer options. Likewise, a lighter-bodied Pinot Noir tends to handle a wide spread of hors-d'oeuvres with its food-friendly nature and often easy-going tannins.
Wine for Brownies, Cookies and Sweet Treats
If you are looking to up the festivity factor, then you might consider setting up a Super Bowl Sangria Station - a party-friendly wine punch that is perfect for Super Bowl gatherings, where less may be more.