Super Bowl Wines


Is there such a thing as a Super Bowl Wine?? Well, if you consider the types of food that are generally likened to a big sporting event such as the Super Bowl, then I guess you can say "yes".


Traditionally, Super Bowl food fare generally goes something like this,

  • Nachos

  • Pizza

  • Wings

  • Barbecue

  • Chilli

  • Potato Chips (who could forget that)

Perhaps your menu includes a few more items than the above, but I will start with these to at least get you started on what you need to stock up on for Super Bowl pairing wines.



Super Bowl Wines


Grüner Veltliner

Grüner Veltliner is a dry white wine from Austria. It's got great acidity and ripe fruit on the palate, such as nectarine coupled with spicy notes of ginger, topped off with a touch of honey.

Grüner will pair wonderfully with:

  • Nachos

  • Wings

  • Potato Chips


Sparkling Wine... of all kinds

Adding sparkling wine to this list will come as no surprise to some of you because of its versatility. Sparkling wine gives you that palate-cleansing acidity, brioche notes, and depending on where it is from, apricot, peach, along with a consistent citrus burst. The bubbles found in this wine also work as a standup contender against almost any food texture you throw at it.

Sparkling wine will pair wonderfully with:

  • Nachos

  • Wings

  • Potato Chips


Rosé

Yep... I get that it is February and most of you think of drinking rosé only in the summer, but it really is something well worthy of drinking all year round.


There are many styles of rosé wine in the market, and you are not forced to getter the paler versions often found out of Provence, despite how refreshing they may be. There are rosé wines made of sturdy extraction that provide incredible body and flavour on the palate. Consider a rosé made from Cabernet Franc or even a Rosato from Italy, for example. These darker types of rosé wines pair wonderfully with:

  • Nachos

  • Pizza

  • Wings

  • Barbecue

  • Chilli


Pinot Noir

This beloved but difficult red wine is a no-brainer for a pairing when there are multiple dishes to be matched up. Its amenable light-body, red fruit, earth, and spiced notes make it a wonder at a party. For a food pairing, I would stay away from Pinot Noir with an ABV of above 14.5% to better manage the balance between food and wine.

Pinot Noir will pair wonderfully with (best served at 15°):

  • Nachos

  • Pizza

  • Wings

  • Barbecue

  • Chilli


Cabernet Franc

I am so thankful that people finally give Cabernet Franc the praise it deserves. This wine is bursting with energy and personality yet still gives a timidity to intensity on the body. It is aromatic and complex on the palate while still refreshing from its lively acidity, red fruit, and herb.

Cabernet Franc will pair wonderfully with (best served at 15°):

  • Nachos

  • Pizza

  • Wings

  • Barbecue

  • Chilli


In the end, I suggest getting a few of the above wine styles and playing around with your pairings. After all, you do have three-hour sporting event, half-time entertainment included, ahead of you. You've got the time!