Ah, Super Bowl Sunday: grown-ups wearing face paint, favourite jerseys donned, hot dogs grilling and pints of beer sloshing. I usually resign to the fact that I’ll be sipping on some macro-brewed beer during a friend’s Super Bowl party, but not this year. Now I won’t claim to be fan, but if nothing else, Super Bowl is a great reason to get friends together, cook a heap of food and drink on a Sunday afternoon – really, what’s not to like? Below, I paired my favourite football snacks with some of our outstanding wines.
BBQ Chicken Wings + Assembly Old Vine Zinfandel (Bold) – $23.60
Made from some of the oldest vines in the Lodi region of California, this wine is concentrated, rich and the perfect pair for saucy BBQ wings. BBQ sauce isn’t known for restraint, so the natural pair is a wine with the same qualities. The Assembly Zin is full-bodied so it will match the richness of the sauce, but the bright acidity will prevent it from becoming cloyingly sweet. The wine has a peppery, oaky backbone balanced with ripe, juicy dark cherries that match the sweet and spicy sauce impeccably. This pairing never fails, I highly recommend you try it with BBQ chips too!
Roasted Nuts + Aguisti Torello Mata Cava (Bubbly) – $25.60
Bubbly is a magically versatile food wine, it’s worthy of so much more than being served as an aperitif! The bubbles and the distinct minerality of this Cava make it the perfect pair for salty snacks. Not only will the flavours match each other but the salty element of the nuts will elevate the fruitiness of the wine too, win-win! While Beyoncé is belting out during halftime, what could be better than bubbles?
Nachos + Pascal Jolivet Sancerre (Crisp) – $35.60
Though you might naturally reach for an easy drinking lager for your nachos, this year I urge you to grab a bottle of a crisp, clean white, such as a Sancerre. Sancerre is the name for Sauvignon Blanc produced in a specific area of the Loire Valley in France. The wine is notorious for bright acidity, minerality and pungent yet pleasant gooseberry notes. This wine is everything you need to pair with your nachos: with acidity to cut through the richness of the cheese and cleanse your palate, minerality to compliment the earthiness of the chips and it won’t overpower the flavours of the nachos either.
Hot Dogs + Fleur Pinot Noir (Elegant) -$26.60
Intended for a pretty standard, guilty pleasure kind of hot dog, topped with little more than mustard and ketchup, Pinot Noir is your wine. The soft tannin structure and juicy red berry taste profile of the wine will match with the mild flavours of your hotdog perfectly, while the acidity will cut through any richness and fattiness. If you’re getting ‘fancy’ with your hot dog, by adding chilli for example, reach for the big bold Zin instead.
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– S. Gaudet