Throughout the long and tenacious history of football, beer has reined as “Ruler” of the ultimate Super Bowl Sunday thirst quencher, of course, with the array of salty and greasy party trays to accompany. However, more and more sideliners are choosing to enjoy the competitive occasion with wine.
According to The Nielson Company, “NFL fans spent 14% more on wines in 2007 than in 2006, outpacing the US growth in wine by 14%.” Even NFL legends such as Mike Ditka, Joe Montana and Charles Woodson have deemed themselves “man enough” to grow, blend and bottle their own wine label.
When it comes to Super Bowl Sunday, chips, dips, pizza, hotdogs and other greasy grub are always in high demand. But if you are opting for wine this Super Bowl XLIV what will pair best with your bowl of pretzels, or plate of wings and macho nachos?
Wines for the Chips: Believe it or not, but a sweet sparkling like Ponte’s Moscato (note the fizzy bubbles similar to a beer) or Ponte’s slightly sweet Viognier is an amazing pair complementing the salty crunch of chips and pretzels.
Wines for Nachos and Pizza: If cheesy pizza and nachos are on your plate, a bold bottle of Ponte Zinfandel will make you wonder why in the world you’ve limited it’s intake partner to just beer. (Seriously!–I highly recommend pepperoni and Zin!)
Wines for Chili: Spooning a warm cup of chili on Game Day?–Then grab a glass of Ponte Sangiovese to handle the spicy concoction of cheese, meat and tomatoes.
Wines for Wings: Buffalo wings, typically accompanied by a creamy dressing, are a Super Bowl staple. For a spicy wing drenched with Asian flair like sesame, soy and ginger sauce nothing pairs better than Ponte’s crisp Riesling. For the BBQ wing lover pair Ponte’s spicy Meritage.
Wines for the Veggie Tray: For those leaning towards a healthy Super Bowl Sunday of veggies and creamy dips, a citrus and herbal Ponte Fume Blanc or our popular and fruity Beverino is sure to please your crowd.
Wines for Sweets: Whether they are football-shaped sugar cookies, or your famous field goal brownies savor these Super Bowl sweet treats with something rich and complimenting like Ponte’s Zinfandel Port or Sherry.
If you are looking to up the festive factor, then you might want to consider setting up a Super Bowl Sangria Station using Ponte’s infamous Sangria recipes. We have the Super Bowl Wine Flight available with all the “players” needed to score big (and yummy) at your Super Bowl Party!
Of course all wines and football fare taste better when paired with jerseys, thunderous cheering, friendly competition and your winning Super Bowl team. Cheers, Charge and Happy Super Bowl!
By Lindsey Dick
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