Game Day Food and Organic Wine Pairings

What Pairs Well with Football? WINE. Lots of Wine.

So the ‘Big Game’ is coming up next weekend. Whether you like football or either team involved (or not) you’ll have a hard time ignoring it, especially here in Georgia as Atlanta plays host this year… Hubs is taking the weekend off and we’re going to partake in the madness somehow! The foodie in me immediately sourced recipes for some “healthier” versions of game day food, but the wino in me insisted there must be a pairing for that too 🍷 I read a few ideas from palates far more sophisticated than mine (I’m in training, serious training!) and paired them with wines we have in stock this week. Because if you’re going to wine it up on a Sunday (or any day) you may as well go clean-crafted and avoid any morning after regrets!

Buffalo Wings + Syrah

“Buffalo wings paired with a fruitier, not necessarily fuller bodied Syrah can be pretty fun for a couple of reasons,” says Martinez. “The fruit in the wine sort of acts like a cooling agent with the spice, leaving you with a really nice mid palate. - Chowhound

Pair with 2015 Wind Gap Syrah, Sonoma Coast, California $38
Organic, Vegan - 100% Syrah
{Earthy, Bold} Inky purple with blackberry, roasted espresso, mocha and sweet smoke.

Potato Skins + California Chardonnay

“A classic California Chardonnay would be great with the potato, the cheese, the sour cream. [Something with] a little buttery note and a little oak and texture to go great with potato skins,” says McDaniel. - Chowhound

Pair with 2017 Mendocino Classico Chardonnay, Mendocino, California $24
Organic, Vegan - 90% Chardonnay, 10% Viognier
{Earthy, Crisp} Yellow apple, star fruit and spice with a refreshing, clean finish.

Chile or Pepperoni Pizza + Zinfandel

“According to Martinez, “I love Zinfandel with chili. Not only does it have a stewed fruit quality and just enough structure to stand up to the weight of the chili, Zinfandel and smoke are a match made in heaven.” - Chowhound

Personally, I also recommend Zinfandel for Pepperoni Pizza. The spicy/fruitiness of the wine makes delivery pizza taste special.

Pair with 2017 The Resident Zinfandel, Mendocino County, California $25
Organic, Vegan - 95% Zinfandel, 5% Merlot
{Fruity, Bold} Tart raspberry, red cherry, sweet mint and vanilla aromas continue onto the medium-bodied palate that has an appealing purity of fruit and a lingering finish.

Sliders + Pinot Noir

Beef and Pinot Noir are are natural combination. Choose one that’s not too overwhelming as your sliders will likely be topped with many other flavors.

Pair with 2016 Middle Jane Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, Oregon $42
Biodynamic, Vegan - 100% Pinot Noir
{Earthy, Light} Elegant but complex with tart cherry, black raspberry, turned earth and forest floor with silky tannins and food-friendly acidity. 

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Sources: Elevate Your Super Bowl Snack Game with These Wine Pairings via Chowhound
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