Super Bowl XLVII: A Time for Wine

As a Patriots fan, Superbowl XLVII couldn’t be looking more boring for me, since I am absolutely indifferent toward both teams and haven’t begun analyzing the ridiculous mash-up the halftime show is sure to be.

Despite my indifference I’m relatively certain the people of New York and my love for alcohol will force me into a game day party, so I’ve assembled a few wines to drink with the Doritos dust-covered and Buffalo-infused appetizers that always accompany a beer commerical marathon  big game.

Game day Staple: Spinach Dip/Loaded Nachos/Queso

Touchdown Wines: Sparkling goodies.


Sparkling wines are a perfect choice for heavy, fat-loaded appetizers that often defy normal wine pairings. Bubbles help keep things feeling light and cleanse the palate after each dip-covered chip. I reccommend Gruet NV Brut–This yummy, yeasty bad boy from New Mexico delivers delicate bubbles and a slightly fruity finish…and since New Mexico doesn’t have an NFL team you can bring Gruet to any party regardless of the host’s affiliation.


Game Day Staple: Buffalo Wings/tenders/whatever the pizza place now delivers w/ Buffalo sauce or Pizza.

Touchdown Wines: Fruity Reds.


Spicy foods make wine pairing tricky, but juicy, fruity reds like DeLoach 2010 Pinot Noir from Sonoma’s Russian River Valley or even a juicy Syrah will take the edge off.  I’ll be sipping the DeLoach which has fantastic raspberry and spice aromas and a smooth mouthfeel that will harmonize with spice and gobs of blue cheese as well. ( The other great thing about fruit-driven reds at parties is that if they’re not so good you can insta-sangria-fy them with a splash of club soda and a handful from the fruit platter).

Super Bowl Wines Uncorked:

Laura Loves: These “Impossible” Super Bowl Wine Pairings.

This Article on what every Super Bowl party needs. (It even includes the “clueless person” and “guy who cares too much”)

BotaBox Old Vine Garnacha when you want a party-pleasing red that is also wallet-pleasing.

These boxed wines that are conveniently (somewhat) disguised as purses.


Fun Facts: The average number of people at a Super Bowl party is 17.

Fans eat over 1.23 billion chicken wings on Super Bowl Sunday which adds up to more than 100 million pounds of chicken.

According to the Nielsen Wire 32% of viewers will be drinking wine on Sunday…sadly that’s still behind drinkers of bottled water. (Take a chance people, at least drink from the tap.)

When All Else Fails: DRINK VODKA.


Full Disclosure: I received DeLoach Pinot Noir as a free sample.


  • February 1, 2013
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