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.
Saucy Sisters Super Bowl
Food and Wine Match Ups
- Chili. For a traditional beef chili, we recommend the full(back) bodied Cabernet Sauvignon. For a chicken chili, try a Sauvignon Blanc.
- Pizza. Italian food (well, sort of), get an Italian wine. Chianti is our choice.
- Meatballs. Since the meat and sauce can be such a variety, you’ll want a food friendly wine like Pinot Noir.
- Salsa. Tomatoes can be difficult to match with wine, but we’re betting on a dry Riesling.
- Ribs. Malbec would be a touchdown!
- Spinach Dip. The creamy nature of this dip requires a lighter white, like a Chenin Blanc.
- Wings. A seemingly tough match, but we like a slightly sweet wine like Gewűrztraminer.
- Guacamole. For a real kicker, go for Torrontés.
- Quesadillas. Merlot. A recent underdog, but always a winner in our book.
- 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!
Barbara and Beverly