It’s Super Bowl Party time. As we gear up to consume quantities of traditional super bowl foods and drinks, leave some room for wine on your shopping list. While beer is the long-standing beverage of choice for sporting events wine certainly has its place on the coffee table for your super bowl party this year.
This year as the Kansas City Chiefs battle the San Francisco 49ers, why not try pairing regional wines from your team of choice? Read on for our food and wine pairing ideas.
Going up against Northern California might be easier on the field than it is in the wine cellar, but the Show Me State can still hold its own. Missouri is, after all, the home of Augusta Valley, Americas’ first AVA (American Viticultural Area). Multiple river flood plains, clay-rich soils, and sun-drenched slopes make Missouri a veritable wine-growing region.
Add to that the rich German heritage of wine producing throughout the state and you can make a solid case for Missouri wines.
Missouri Red Wines
Whether it’s sweet, succulent, and smoky brisket or crispy burnt ends, the flavors of Kansas City Barbecue really sing with the right red wine pairing.
Missouri’s own Norton grape produces deep and rustic red wines with earthy fruit flavors, a pleasant tang to keep your palate feeling clean, and long smoky finish. Try: Augusta Winery Estate-Bottled Norton.
For something on the lighter side, try Chambourcin, slightly chilled. Wines made from this French-American hybrid grape have an intense color and powerful, pretty red-fruit aromas but with a slightly softer palate. Try: Stone Hill Winery Chambourcin.
Both wines pair well with classic crock pot meatballs or lil’ smokies slow-cooked in BBQ sauce and grape jelly.
Missouri White Wines
Missouri’s German heritage includes a host of deeply aromatic wines made from a variety of local hybrid grapes including Vidal Blanc, Seyval Blanc, Vignoles, and Chardonnel and Traminette.
These wines range from dry to sweet which gives you a lot of wine pairing flexibility. Aromatic white wines with a silky palate and clean, crisp finish are an excellent pairing for buffalo wings, guacamole, spinach artichoke dip or bite-size spring rolls. Try: Adam Puchta Winery – Dry Vignoles.
Sweet wines pair delightfully with washed rind cheese like brie and camembert, or even Missouri’s own Green Dirt Farms Creamery. Try: Montelle Winery Vidal Blanc Ice wine (dessert).
Missouri Sparkling Wines
Toast every touchdown with a celebratory sparkler or refresh your palate after every bite of deep-fried mozzarella sticks, buttery pigs in a blanket, or even a just a warm, buttered Zweiback roll.
Missouri produces some sparkling wines in a variety of styles, including the dry, ultra-fizzy, Champagne-style, which includes a second fermentation in the bottle and produces toasty, yeasty aromas along with bright citrus and fruit notes. Try: Stone Hill Blanc de Blancs
For a slightly sweeter, fruiter sparkler with a gentle fizz, forego the Champagne method and try a sparkling wine made in the tank method, which is used for Prosecco. Try: Mount Pleasant Wineries Brut Imperial.
Tiny and sustainable winery Claverach Farm produces a rosé wine that is dry and delicately sparkling after a natural fermentation in the bottle known as the Ancestral Method. It’s made from local Missouri grape Chambourcin, co-fermented with Marsanne and Petit Manseng skins. The result is remarkably floral with light and refreshing honeydew notes.
Try: Claverach farm pét-nat Rosé. In a nod to the high-brow low-brow trend, try pairing this wine with a funnel cake for blast of freshness.
Don’t forget to stock up on stemless glasses. They’re sturdier and touchdown, cheers-proof!
Planning on scoring a lot? Go with plastic ones.
Super Bowl Party Wines for 49ers Fans
Northern Bay Area California Wines
Aptly named Wine Country is a diverse and magnificent wine-producing region. California wines have a storied past with winemaker influences from all over the great wine regions of the world. Add to that a diverse terroir comprising sunny valleys, steep elevations, and the cooling marine effect.
San Francisco fans are pretty spoiled when it comes to great local wine. We’ve put together a quick guide to pairing some of California’s finest and paired them with beloved super bowl treats as well as some local flavors.
Big Bold Reds
A quintessential powerhouse of California red wines, Cabernet Sauvignon also makes great companion to super bowl favorites like BBQ ribs and slow-cooked meatballs. Cabernet is at its juiciest throughout much of Wine Country thanks in part to the cooling breezes off the Pacific which allow the grapes to ripen slowly and evenly as the sun creeps over the ridge throughout the day. Try. Duckhorn Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.
Zinfandel could be considered a close second. Try a medium-bodied Zinfandel one with pizza. This grape variety originated in southern Italy as Primitivo. It’s known for luscious floral aromas and a smoky finish. In the old country they chill their Primitivo and drink it with fire-roasted BBQ. The fruity polish of the wine tempers the char of the meat.
California Red Blends
The classic Rhône-style red blend of Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvedre can be found up and down California, most commonly in the Central Coast, but there’s plenty to be found throughout Napa and Sonoma. These blends range in body and offer complexity, especially a healthy dose of prickly spice from the Syrah. Try one of these with loaded nachos or even potato skins. Another element of the Rhône blend, especially when Syrah-heavy, is a bit of a bacon aroma! Try: Limerick Lane Syrah/Grenache.
California White Wines
California produces Chardonnay and Sauvignon in a vast variety of styles. Need something silky to temper the heat of those buffalo wings? Try a Russian River Chardonnay, delicately oak aged yet still crisp and balanced. This is a great companion to creative California pizzas like BBQ chicken. The layered quality of slightly oaked Chardonnay can stand up to the same atop your pizza without smothering delicate flavors. Try: Raeburn Russian River Chardonnay.
At the same time you can find absolutely crisp Chardonnays without so much as a whisper of barrel-aging, especially in Sonoma Country. Try these with Guacamole, spinach dip or local delicacies like fish tacos. Try: Iron Horse Unoaked Chardonnay.
California Sparkling Wines
From Chandon to Schramsberg, California offers a myriad selection of sparkling wines. Bubbles work especially well with fried and fatty super bowl favorites like pigs in a blanket. The bubbles clean your palate allowing flavors of both the food and wine to come through. Try a rosé with potato skins to really bring out the bacon.