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Super Bowl Wine Party


With more and more wine lovers, that means your Super Bowl party doesn't just have to cater to beer drinkers. And, I'm not talking about wine coolers either (shudder!).

There is no reason why you can't serve both parties, wine drinker and beer drinker, at your Super Bowl bash this year, and I bet they will all be totally impressed. Now here are some wines that pair well with your usual Super Bowl Foods:

Buffalo Wings

Piquant and vinegary wings need white wines with a lot of acidity like Sauvignon Blanc (Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc 2008 (91 pts, WS Top 100) - currently on special at Wine Cellar of Wisconsin for $12.79) to stand up to the sharpness of the flavors. If the wings are exceptionally spicy, an off-dry Riesling from Germany or the United States also works well to tame the heat.


With so many variations in its preparation, pizza matches well with many different wines. Keeping with the Italian theme, Chianti is a natural fit. Its tart cherry flavor and bright acidity meld well with any pizza's tomato sauce. Red wines from the Barbera grape has a nice tang to accompany pepperoni or sausage. For a pizza emphasizing garlic or vegetables, try a Pinot Grigio like the King Estate Pinot Gris 2008 (90 pts, Wine Spectator Top 100) - currently on special at Wine Cellar of Wisconsin for $11.99.

Chili/Sloppy Joes

These quintessential American foods call for quintessential American wines. Try a lush, fruit-forward Zinfandel with a sloppy joe, the bright berry flavors will have affinity for the sweet, tomato flavors. With chili, a Syrah from the US works wonders, as these wines have the same earthy and meaty characteristics.

Veggies and Dip

Crispy and crunchy crudites call for a fresh, zippy white like Sauvignon Blanc or an unoaked Chardonnay from New Zealand, Australia or the United States. If you're in the mood for a red, try something light and fruity like a chilled Beaujolais from France or an inexpensive Pinot Noir from Oregon or California.  The Napa Ridge Pinot Noir is a great choice and currently available at Discount Liquor for $8.99/bottle.

Nachos or Quesadillas

One of the best matches for anything with corn, such as chips or tortillas, is Chardonnay.  The Angeline Chardonnay is again on special for $8.99/bottle at Sendik's Fine Foods on Capital Drive in Brookfield.  This is the case here, as Chardonnay also will complement creamy cheeses and counterpoint the salsa. In the red category, Zinfandel (2006 Simi Zinfandel @ $14.95/bottle at Bin One Eleven Wine Store is a steal) likewise accompanies spicy salsa and Merlot can have a cooling effect. Consider drinking the reds slightly chilled.

Submarine Sandwiches

When you roll out that big sub at halftime, consider a big wine like Shiraz from Australia or even a


from Argentina, which will happily go with any meat. If the sandwich has a spicy mustard flavor, go with a Pinot Noir from California or France (Burgundy). If the sandwich is a cheese steak, consider a Joel Gott Cabernet, currently on special for $12.99/bottle at Sendik's Fine Foods on Capital Drive in Brookfield, which goes beautifully with beef.

Have a great Super Bowl Party ... Cheers!  And also, tell everyone that you heard about it from the Milwaukee Wine Examiner on



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