We love wine. We love wine even more when paired with fantastic food. The combination of flavors results in the best experiences of them all. What do you pair with chicken wings and nachos at your Super Bowl LIV party? We asked some of our wine advisors for their top recommendations.
Be Bold for the Super Bowl
Lance Reed, Director of Wine at BOA Steakhouse in West Hollywood, CA, says, "Forget the Buffalo Wings." He suggests a buffalo drumstick recipe paired with a yummy Red Blend from California's Santa Ynez Valley. You can try a 2014 Jonata Ballard Canyon "Todos" red wine with your drumsticks.
Not sure how to make those drumsticks. Remember to keep it simple: deep fry the drumsticks (not wings!), salt and pepper them and bath them in your favorite hot sauce. Don't forget to serve a side of carrot sticks, celery sticks, and, of course, Blue Cheese dressing. To add that extra touch, cut some iceberg lettuce into 1/8th head sizes and make mini Blue Cheese Wedge Salads.
The Jonata Todos wine's purple color will remind you of Prince's epic halftime performance at Super Bowl XLI. The flavors of blackberries, blueberry pie, and aromas of cassis finished with black pepper, and five-spice will have you rooting for more wine long before the end of the game!
Dip Into Something New
Thomas Palauqui, Director of North Bay Sales at importer Martine's Wine and Spirits in Novato, CA, suggests a classic seven-layer dip and something bubbly. "To start the day and snacks, I will be drinking Tour des Gendres Pet Nat, a blend of Sauvignon and Chenin Blanc; it is bright, crisp, and citrusy. Goes well with salty snacks, plus it's super easy to drink," said Thomas, noting that it is "low alcohol so you can start early." This combo pairs well with other sparkling wines, including Champagne, if your team is winning, and you feel like a treat!
Try New Flavors
Amie Grimes, who works at Three Sticks Winery in Sonoma, suggests delicious Sticky Crispy Asian Chicken Wings paired with a Flowers Pinot Meunier. While some folks may not be familiar with this variety of wine, Pinot Meunier is closely related to Pinot Noir.
The Best Super Bowl Pairing
Super Bowl time is party time, and most Americans will be with friends and family to celebrate the big game. Every wine pairs well with a party, so pick your favorite and enjoy it.
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