Football & Wine (A Perfect Pairing)

Sep 16 2014

by Kyla Cox

Tips for adding wine – yes, wine – to game day festivities!

What do you eat while cheering on your favorite football team? We guarantee there’s a wine for that!

Football season (the best time of the year for many) is officially in full swing. Whether you enjoy the NFL or favor NCAA, view the game at home or at a tailgate, delicious food and beverages play a big role during the big game. Although beer may be the football fan favorite, wine is a great choice for all occasions. From a crisp, cold white for a sunny day, to a bold, aromatic red to take off the chill, wine fits the bill for all your viewing activities.

Entertain in high style this football season, just take heed to these rules of thumb:

  1. Pair simple but flavorful wines with simple foods. The wine and the dish should be equal partners, complimenting, not overwhelming the other.
  2. Food-friendly red wine varietals like Tempranillo or Sangiovese will please a wide range of palates.
  3. Be sure to offer a white wine and a semi-sweet for the “I only drink white wine” fans. Big oaky Chardonnays don’t always pair well with food so look for a more subtle white burgundy.
  4. Bubbles go with everything! Opt for a Cava or Prosecco over pricier champagne.


Bratwurst & Riesling

Buffalo Wings & Chenin Blanc

Cheeseburgers & Syrah

Chili & Tempranillo

BBQ Ribs or Chicken & Malbec

Guacamole/Salsa & Torontes or Sauvignon Blanc

Hot Dogs & Pinot Noir

Pepperoni Pizza & Sangiovese

Popcorn & Prosecco

Red Pepper Hummus & Pinot Gris

Steak & Cabernet Sauvignon

Food and wine pairing can be endless fun. Of course, you can dig even deeper based on what’s topping your favorite football snack. Adding carmelized onions to your burger or jalapeños to your sauce will certainly change the flavor profile of these old standards, so determine the main flavor in your food before you begin to pair wines.

Everyone has their own opinion when it comes to wine, I’d love to know your favorite football pairings! Visit us online to join the conversation at Have a challenging pairing dilemma? Send an email to


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