Winning Wine Matches for Super Bowl Snacks

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Super Bowl Sunday is a day of snacking on a variety of foods – most of which were not on our diet plans during the month of January. A recent poll on Ask.com revealed America’s Ten Most Popular Super Bowl Snacks — including wings, pizza and chili. No surprise.

While we usually think of beer with these foods, we’re going for the wine. As many football fans have realized there are a lot of great wines that pair well with football food.  The match ups aren’t necessarily based on hard-and-fast rules.  Experimentation and practice go a long way to finding the right partnerships.

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Food and Wine Match Ups

  1. Chili. For a traditional beef chili, we recommend the full(back) bodied Cabernet Sauvignon. For a chicken chili, try a Sauvignon Blanc.
  2. Pizza. Italian food (well, sort of), get an Italian wine. Chianti is our choice.
  3. Meatballs. Since the meat and sauce can be such a variety, you’ll want a food friendly wine like Pinot Noir.
  4. Salsa. Tomatoes can be difficult to match with wine, but we’re betting on a dry Riesling.
  5. Ribs. Malbec would be a touchdown!
  6. Spinach Dip. The creamy nature of this dip requires a lighter white, like a Chenin Blanc.
  7. Wings. A seemingly tough match, but we like a slightly sweet wine like Gewűrztraminer.
  8. Guacamole. For a real kicker, go for Torrontés.
  9. Quesadillas. Merlot.  A recent underdog, but always a winner in our book.
  10. Artichoke Dip. Your most valuable player. Champagne!  (If you’ve got money on the game and doubt you’ll come out ahead, you may want to opt for a value-priced Spanish Cava instead.)

We hope you enjoy your Super Bowl match-ups. And, yes the game too!

Cheers!
Barbara and Beverly