Yummy Football Appetizers paired with Fabulous wines is what this post is all about this Sunday Morning. I know that Football and Wine aren’t a combination you hear too often but for me, it’s a weekly occurrence. I am a full-fledged lover of wine and a full-fledged lover of football.
I decided to check out some wine and football appetizer pairings that will go with the NFL Season that is upon us. Always remember these are suggestions. You can drink any wine and eat any food you want! It’s your palate and your tummy! But it’s fun to learn about food pairings and to try out different wines with your usual go to appetizers on game day.
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First up is a list of some wine and food pairing rules to follow courtesy of Madeline Puckett Creator of the Wine blog and book Wine Folly:
The wine should be more acidic than the food.
The wine should be sweeter than the food.
The wine should have the same flavor intensity as the food.
Red wines pair best with bold flavored meats (e.g. red meat).
White wines pair best with light-intensity meats (e.g. fish or chicken).
Bitter wines (e.g. red wines) are best balanced with fat.
It is better to match the wine with the sauce than with the meat.
First, my favorite appetizer for a Sunday afternoon of football is nachos either beef or chicken. Following the rules above red wines pair best with red meat and should be sweeter so a sweet, bold red would taste good with beef nachos. A red I enjoy which is not overly sweet and did a taste test on in another post is Apothic Crush. A decadent red blend with berry flavors and hints of caramel. A nice smooth medium-bodied wine. Other reds to try: Garnacha in Spanish or pronounced Grenache in French is a nice easy going red wine. Two I have tried and enjoyed Los Rocas and Filon Garnacha Calatayud.
Chicken nachos could be paired with a white wine or sparkling wine. Sparkling wine offsets the saltiness of the chips and complements the intensity of the chicken. My favorite sparkling wine at the moment that isn’t overly sweet is Sex by L Mawby Vineyards. Another white wine that pairs well with nachos: Sauvignon Blanc which is a wine primarily from New Zealand but can be found in France and California. Top Sauvignon Blancs are Chateau Ste. Michelle and Joel Gott.
My boys’ favorite football appetizer is Boneless Wings. When pairing with wings you have to pay attention to the intensity of the sauce or rub not so much the chicken. Bold flavors like BBQ and Buffalo usually need a bold wine but you don’t want to amp up the spice too much. It’s better to have a wine that contrasts with the spicy so you have a balance. White blends and Rieslings are a good choice. A favorite Riesling of mine is Leelanau Cellars Semi-dry from Northern Michigan. Conundrum by Caymus White is a delicious white blend. If you love reds then a sweeter wine again a Garnacha is a good choice.
Pizza, Pizza, Pizza a very popular food to eat during a football game. Who doesn’t want to eat a slice of pizza smothered in meats, cheese, and veggies? Once again looking at the tried and true rules. You want your wine to intensify with a meat laden pizza so go with a bold red. Plus you want to balance out the cheese(fat) and a spicier wine is a good choice. Shiraz or Syrah is a perfect full bodied wine to go with your meat topping pizza. A favorite of mine is Jacob’s Creek Double Barrel Shiraz and Charles & Charles Cabernet/Syrah Red blend.
Let’s say you lighten up your pizza and go the pineapple/ham Hawaiian route. You need to go with a wine that is sweeter than the pineapple and complements the ham. A Riesling is a way to go. Two delicious tasting Rieslings I enjoy are Chateau Chantal’s Late Harvest Riesling and Jacob’s Creek Riesling.
Mouth Watering Flavors
Next up hamburgers or my favorite cheeseburgers smothered with mushrooms. Again remember the meat but also the toppings you put on the hamburger. If you keep it simple then a Cabernet Sauvignon is your pal. Jailbreak Cabernet Sauvignon is one I just discovered. If you start adding the toppings like blue cheese, onions then you need to think of a bolder wine. Another favorite red wine I haven’t mentioned yet is Tall, Dark Stranger a Malbec from Argentina.
If you are a white wine drinker according to Catherine Lo Associate Food Editor with Good Housekeeping A Wine and Burger Pairing guide:
” Chardonnays would work well with most toppings (except spicy ones), especially full-bodied wines from California with a little acid zip. A bit of acidity helps to cut through the fattiness of the meat and any cheesy, creamy toppings. Bubbles are also great for lightening up heavier, salty foods (one of the reasons beer works so well). While some people swear by Champagne with burgers, a more budget-friendly option would be a Cava from Spain.”
I’m not a champagne expert but did some searching for some budget-friendly champagnes for you to try with your mouth watering hamburger: Roederer Estate Brut $20, Korbel Chardonnay $15.00 and Barefoot Bubbly Brut Cuvee $12.00.
Lastly, a favorite of my brother’s on those Sunday afternoons is grilled brats or sausage. Brats are high in acidity and another red wine I haven’t mentioned is a Pinot Noir which is high in acidity but a light bodied wine that pairs well with meat. Bogle Vineyards and Cupcake Vineyards both offer reasonably priced Pinot Noirs.
There you have it a few simple suggestions on what to drink on a lazy Sunday filled with football, family, friends and Some Awesome pairings with Favorite Wines and Football Foods. Let me know what you think of my suggestions and if you have another wine that pairs well with any of the foods mentioned above please leave me a comment below!!! Happy Drinking and Eating This Sunday!!
Chillin With Carrie