It is the apex of professional sporting events in North America, the game that brings together fans and non-fans for an exhibition that combines athletics with pop culture and music — not to mention an extravaganza of advertising and marketing.
And when the grinding season of America’s most popular professional sport comes to an end, people are gathered with a smorgasbord of food and drink taking in the spectacle that is the Super Bowl. The game itself, in many cases, is immaterial. What people remember is the good times spent with good friends, and the food they were eating as the action was taking place.
Wine for the Super Bowl
I am a gal that loves her wine. You know that already if you have been following me at all lol. OK, actually I love wine and beer so either work for me. Today I thought I would share something different, junk food pairings. Next time you see a bottle of wine at the Super Bowl festivities branch out. Try a sampling you may not have thought of. Wine goes with more than just cheese, lets try chips or nachos. Interested in learning some fun food and wine pairings?
Super Bowl Snacks paired with local wine
“The menu of a Super Bowl party is vitally important,” says Gillian Minaker, Estate Sommelier at Lakeview Wine Co. “Great food needs great drink to go with it – but you have more options than the typical beer for the big game. Pairing the right wine with your Super Bowl fare can take the flavour experience to a new level for you and your guests.”
When planning your Super Bowl menu, Gillian suggests the following pairings that will get the most out of your snacking experience.
Chicken Wings— If you like your wings hot and spicy, our FRESH Sparkling Rosé has just the right amount of sweetness to cut the heat. It’s a bit of an unconventional pairing but, hey, bubbles are fun! Mild sauce on your wings calls for a lighter, fruitier red like a Gamay Noir.
Nachos— Smothered in cheese with sour cream and salsa for dipping, pour a Pinot Grigio. The citrus notes in the wine cut through the creaminess of the cheese and sour cream and matches the acidity in the salsa
Potato Chips— A staple at any gathering, never mind one that revolves around a football game. The crisp backbone and citrus notes of an Unoaked Chardonnay make it a refreshing pairing with salty potato chips.
Ribs— Hot off the barbecue or out of the oven, the saucy goodness of ribs is beautifully enhanced with a 20 Bees Cabernet Merlot. The sweet and savoury sauce pairs well with the smoky, fruity notes in the blend.
Chili– No Super Bowl party is complete without a tasty chili, the go-to-comfort food for a mid-winter sporting event. Enjoy your wine two ways with this one. Add the deep, rich EastDell Black Cab to the chili recipe for an enhanced flavour. When serving, a medium-bodied red will stand up to the heartiness in the chili.
About Lakeview Wine Co.:
Lakeview Wine Co. is found in the heart of Canada’s premier wine country, Niagara-on-the-Lake. At its state-of-the-art winemaking facility, Lakeview crafts several Ontario VQA wine brands from specially chosen and carefully managed vineyards from more than 25 grape grower partners in the Niagara Peninsula. The wines include Lakeview Cellars, Fresh, EastDell Estates, 20 Bees and the unique McMichael Collection that pays homage to Canada’s famed Group of Seven artists. The Lakeview Wine Co. wine boutique is open daily all year, featuring a selection from each of its brands at the tasting bar. Also available year round is the unique Cellar Floor Experience, a tasting a tour of a 1,000-square-foot space in the heart of the winery where you will sip VQA wines amongst two-storey wine tanks and an ocean of more than 800 wine barrels.