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You’ve waited all year for it… the biggest football game of the year. You’ve got your boxes in the office pool, you’ve got all the required game-watching foods, but do you have the perfect adult beverages to go with them? Sure, it’s a big day for drinking beer, but if you’re more of a “wine person” there’s no reason for you not to enjoy your favorite adult beverage on game day. But, the tailgate-worthy foods require some unique wine pairings to maximize the flavors of the food without ruining the taste of your favorite wine. So sit back, grab your remote and discover the wines that pair best with some of the most popular Big Game-watching foods!Having nachos? Try Prosecco!ProseccoA more affordable bubbly wine than French Champagne, Prosecco is the “frizzante” white of Italy. Perfect for celebrations and a required element for the perfect bellini, the palate-cleansing effect of the bubbles makes it a great companion to spicy foods!Why We Love It: Prosecco is the thing of celebrations…Sunday brunches, good times. Fresh, fruity, lively, plus it’s not too extravagant to serve on a random Wednesday night. One of our favorites: Menage A Trois Prosecco - This fruity prosecco pours with a fine, persistent fizz. As the effervescence settles down, notes of tart apple and citrus emerge with hints of candied fruit. Nose tickling and tongue prickling, it’s a perky bubbly with a clean finish.or… Try Grenache!GrenacheOne of the most widely-planted red grapes in the world, Grenache has a ripe berry flavor with notes of white pepper. In addition to being a popular red varietal in its native Spain (where it’s known as Garnacha), Grenache is also a key ingredient in some of the world’s most popular wines, including the Rhone blend Châteauneuf-du-Pape.Why We Love It: It’s one of the those wines that is so unique, so distinctive, even a novice wine drinker can pick it out in a taste test. One of our favorites: Joel Gott Grenache Alakai - The wine opens with ripe fruit flavors. Elegant, soft tannins on the mid-palate are followed by a long—slightly peppery—finish.
Having take out Asian food? Try Gruner Veltliner!After decades of obscurity in the United States, Grüner Veltliner, from Austria, has had a surge of popularity after being championed by top American sommeliers. One of the reasons for its popularity is its amazing pairing abilities. Medium bodied and refreshing with stone fruit flavors and a distinctive peppery kick, Grüner Veltliner pairs with everything from poached salmon to roast chicken to crisp green salad. Like Chenin Blanc, the best Grüners have enormous aging potential, but can be quite expensive.Why we love it: It’s complex and wonderfully refreshing, with a unique peppery flavor that adds to whatever food you’re eating. Goes astoundingly well with Asian cuisine, from Vietnamese to Thai to spicy Chinese. One of our favorites: Wimmer Gruner Veltliner Classic - Crisp lime flavors, white pepper and lentils, followed by a mouthful of mineral notes and gooseberry. A long lingering finish.Having Buffalo Wings? Try Pinot GrigioPinot Grigio is refreshing, light, crisp and dry, with aroma notes of lemon, green apple and blossoms. Pinot Grigio grapes are harvested early, to capture the fresh acidity of the juice and then fermented in stainless steel tanks. Pinot Grigio wines are meant to be enjoyed within one to two years after harvesting. Why we love it: Easy drinking, no pretension. Everyday wines for everyday wine drinkers. One of our favorites: Forchir Pinot Grigio Lamis 2015 - light straw-yellow wine with a light, pleasant aroma. Dry and lean, full-bodied and harmonious, with a distinct almond aftertaste.Having Beef Chilli? Try ShirazOne of the deepest, darkest, reddest wines around. So dark, in fact, that you sometimes can’t see through it when holding it up to the light in a glass. Full bodied and loaded with mouth-drying tannins, typical Shiraz features flavors of berry, pepper and tobacco,making it particularly good when paired with meat.Why we love it: Shiraz loves meat—pretty much any kind of meat, but it’s also works with a wide assortment of different foods. It’s a real food-pairing wine. Plus, due to its high tannin levels, Shiraz has one of the highest levels of health-benefiting antioxidants. So, go on and drinkto your health!One of our favorites: Thorn-Clarke Shiraz James Goddard - Ripe and rich, this is dense with flavor but transparent in texture. A Shiraz of power and elegance as it plays out its cherry, black tea and spice flavors. Approachable now, but this has miles to go as it develops. Having Pizza? Try BarberaThis dark-sknned wine grape is the third most commonly planted red wine grape in Italy (after Sangiovese and Montepulciano. Sometimes used in varietals, Barbera has a bright-red cherry character, with softer tannins.Why we love it: An Italian-food loving Italian wine, it’s a great choice for pizza, pasta and anything tomato-based. One of our favorites: Franco Amoroso Barbera d'Alba - This bright, fresh, energetic red is chock full of cherry and plum fruit, highlighted with floral notes and hints of spice and cocoa.Having Burgers? Try ZinfandelAs synonymous to California as Bordeaux is to France, Zinfandel is not quite the wine darling itwas in the 1980s and 1990s, but for those who love its richly exotic taste, with a range of flavorsfrom elegant mid-weights to super-ripe heavyweights, Zinfandel will always be a winecontender.Tracing its origins to Croatia, today Zinfandel is the third leading wine grape variety in California, planted in 45 of California’s 58 counties. Internationally recognized, classic Zinfandels have fruit-driven aromas and often include flavors of berries, black pepper, and spice, sometimeseven with a hint of chocolate or citrus.Why we love it: Its unique taste, deep dark color and sometimes off-the-charts alcohol content — Zinfandels pack a real punch both in flavor profile and food-pairing prowess.One of our favorites: Ancient Peaks Zinfandel - The rich, chewy texture of this Zinfandel is a perfect match for comfort foods such as wood-fired pizza, burgers and classic lasagna.
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