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Wine Wednesday: Super Bowl Wine Pairings

Super Bowl Wine PairingsAre you ready for some football?! As a non-football-loving and non-beer-drinking spouse that has been dragged to her fair share of Super Bowl Sunday parties, drinkable wines are my key to surviving the hootin’ and hollerin’ game day. Wine isn’t just for pairing with a perfectly pink filet or an aromatic herb crusted lamb chop. Try these Super Bowl wine pairings with your greasy, salty, no-utensils-required snacks:

Wine to Pair with Cheetos and Chips

Made from California Graciano grapes, Arizona Hops and Vines Moxy has delicate and spicy flavors. With a lively fruity taste, Moxy is perfect for pairing with Cheetos or chips and is easily enjoyed for the duration of the game.

Arizona Hops and Vines Moxy $25 per bottle.

Wine to Pair with Pizza

Italy is the motherland of pizza wines and Chianti is a a natural pizza partner. Made from Sangiovese grapes, a straight Chianti is lighter-bodied and less tannic than its oakier big brother. It will bring out the spiciness of a pepperoni pizza just the right amount.

Try a Chianti DOCG which can be found for around $10 – 15 per bottle.

Wine to Pair with Chilli

The key to pairing wine with chilli is to strike a balance between the heat of the chilli and the tannins and acidity of the wine. That’s why one of my very favorite red wines, Malbec, pairs perfectly with chilli. With lush blueberry and blackberry fruits, chocolately accents, and supple tannins it’s a great bargain wine that brings out the flavors of the chilli.

A favorite is Salentein Reserve Malbec 2010 $20 per bottle.

Wine to Pair with Burgers

Hamburgers are an all-American choice on Super Bowl Sunday and the best burger wines will be structured enough to handle the savory beef, yet light-bodied and fruity to balance all the flavors from the condiments. Cabernet Sauvignon does well with burgers.

Try Provocative Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 $28 per bottle.

BubbledogsWine to Pair with Hot Dogs

I recently discovered that the best wine to pair with hot dogs isn’t a wine at all, but champagne! Try dressing your hot dogs up gourmet-style with macaroni and cheese, french fried onions, and bacon bits. Pair with a Brut for a surprisingly delicious taste!

Champagne Möet & Chandon Impérial is a great value champagne at $50 per bottle.

Wine to Pair with Wings

No matter whether you like your wings in a sweet barbecue or a spicy hot sauce, Zinfandel pairs nicely with both and is a wing winner. A Zin has enough ripe and jammy fruit to balance out the sweetness of the barbecue and pick up the heat and acidity of the hot sauce.

Try Bitter Creek Winery Crusader $20.

Now grab a glass – or bottle – and tell us who you’re rooting for this Super Bowl Sunday!

Jennifer Dombrowski

Jennifer Dombrowski is a location independent globe trotter who is based in Prata di Pordenone, Italy. She works as a social media and communications strategist and is an award-winning travel writer. She is also a travel correspondent on Traveling on the American Forces Radio Network. Jdomb's Travels was named one of the top travel blogs to watch by the Huffington Post and has been featured by top publications such as CNN, Buzzfeed , and The Telegraph. Her iPhoneograpy has also been featured on publications such as USA Today and Travel + Leisure. Google+

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  1. marlene

    thanks for the suggestions. dad might especially like the hot dog an mac and cheese

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  2. Larry

    These suggestions sound so good I will be trying them all this Sunday!

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  3. Val-This Way To Paradise

    Love it!! One of my fav pairings is champagne and Haagen Daaz!

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    Jennifer Dombrowski Reply:

    Sounds like a great pairing to me!

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  4. Derek

    LOL I’m such a bad American, I don’t even know who is in the Super Bowl. However I have been craving some American and glass of wine so now the only question is “can I find any of these wines in Vietnam?” hehehe. Thanks for sharing :)

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    Jennifer Dombrowski Reply:

    I’ve heard that Vietnam is even making their own wine now. I have no idea how it is. If you find some, give it a try and let us know what you think!

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  5. Devlin @ Marginal Boundaries

    You can keep the liquor, I’ll just take 3 of those insane looking hot dogs please!

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    Jennifer Dombrowski Reply:

    Those hot dogs were awesome! We had them at a place called Bubble Dogs in London. I want to try to make them at home.

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