It goes without saying, the Superbowl is one of the biggest TV events of the year. Maybe you’re a die-hard fan watching your favorite team go all the way. Or maybe you’re watching bitterly: depressed that your team didn’t make it, but determined to stick it out and see how the season ends. For others, the Superbowl is a series of over the top ads with a Beyoncé performance in the middle….oh yeah, and some football. Whatever the case may be, no Superbowl party is complete without an epic spread of refreshments.
Chips, dips, wings, and all things greasy and spicy run the show on Superbowl Sunday. Beer is usually the beverage pairing of choice while enjoying this casual fare (and for good reason, it’s delicious!) but if you’d rather indulge in a little game-day vino fear not: we’ll help you navigate through a few Superbowl snack staples and what to pair with them. And since each pairing clocks in at under $15 a bottle, you can grab a few and share it with everyone at your party….even if you lost your shirt in your fantasy football league this year.
Snack: Spinach and Artichoke Dip
Pairing: Lot 2 Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, NZ ($11.99)
Artichokes are a notoriously tricky food to pair with wine, but a zesty Sauvignon Blanc is usually your best bet. Match up creamy, tangy spinach and artichoke dip with the signature citrus flavor of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc to take your dunking to the next level.
Snack: Buffalo Wings
Pairing: Lot 66 Riesling, Mosel, Germany ($10.99)
Buffalo wings can run the gamut from mildly spicy to downright fiery. Either way, it’s a bold yet tricky flavor to pair with wine. Our juicy and sweet Lot 66 Riesling creates the perfect flavor contrast against bold Buffalo wings.
Pairing: Lot 49 Sparkling Rose, Veneto, Italy ($13.99)
Salsa and cheddar and guac, oh my! There’s a lot going on in that plate of nachos, so you need a wine that has the versatility to compliment all of them. Bubbles are the chameleon of the wine world, and our Lot 49 Sparkling Rose packs a fruity punch that can stand up to each and every flavor on your plate.
Pairing: Lot 54 Zinfandel, Sonoma County, CA ($14.99)
A hearty bowl of chili calls for an equally bold glass of wine. Our Lot 54 Zinfandel packs big flavors of blackberry and cherry that taste downright succulent with this game day go-to. This is a rib-sticking combo that will warm you to the core.
What are your favorite snacks and wine selections for when you're watching the game? Make sure to share with us in the comments!