February 3, 2011

Super Bowl Sunday: Sack the brewskies, pass the vino

Beer and football go together like, well, beer and football. But sometimes making a sporting event as big as the Super Bowl more exciting could mean trading in a few traditional items on your party menu. Wanna be #1? Sack the brewskies and pass the vino.. get ready for WinoBowl Sunday!
  • Bubbles, not Bobbles! Sparkling wine, like Martini Prosecco ($16) offers gentle frizzante bubbles which deliver a spark on the tongue and light, delicate flavors that pair well with starters. They even come in mini bottles which are party portable. To add some flare, use helmets as ice buckets and keep your minis chilled!
  • Fumble-Free & Food-Friendly! AlbariƱo from Spain is quickly proving itself an affordable white wine to watch in 2011. Martin Codax 2009 Rias Baixas AlbariƱo ($12) is expressive with peach and apricot notes. It also gives intense green apple and lemon zest flavors that pair nicely with party starters like Chunky Guacamole with Chili-Lime Chips, a football staple not worth foregoing.
  • Gridiron Gruner! If you like sauvignon blanc or pinot grigio, you'll love Gruner Veltliner. This Austrian wine is crisp and drywith green apple and lemon flavors, and an appealing acidity that cuts through salt and fat. Try 2009 Forstreiter Grooner ($10) alongside some game-night nachos!
  • Serve the Team!Grab a boxed wine like Duca del Frassino ($20) if your planning for a large group of people. Its a fun, fresh Italian blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Corvina and contains the equivalent of four bottles of wine. Because of its dark fruit andaromatic attributes, this wine is great with grilled meats like hamburger sliders. It also makes a great sangria base!