Beer is most likely your answer to football games.
But, if you’re watching a game with me, I’m drinking wine. And I’m going to try to convince you it’s the best choice for game day.
One of my favorite game day foods is wings. You think ice cold beer is the best option to wash them down. That’s because you haven’t found just the right wine.
This is my go-to wing recipe. They’re baked. Which is much easier than frying, but just as delicious.
Serve the Ginger Soy Wings with a bottle of bubbles and the Buffalo Wings with a fruity zinfandel.
With the Ginger Soy Wings, we drank the Treveri Cellars Blanc de Blancs Brut, a méthode champenoise sparkling from Washington state’s Yakima Valley.
These wings are sticky and sweet. A brut sparkling wine is perfect for pairing with the sugar. Bubbles are crisp and refreshing and a drier sparkling offsets the sweetness. The pear and apple flavors were great with the ginger and Asian flavors of these wings. And the bubbles cut through the stickiness to wash them down easily.
With the Buffalo Wings, drink zinfandel. You do not want a big, tannic red, like a Cabernet Sauvignon. Those will do nothing to cool spicy foods. Zinfandel is lower in alcohol and less tannic, so it works with the spiciness.
This combo was like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich with barbecue chips, a staple in my household growing up. Trust me on this one. The fruity and tangy, spice work together. You’ll get sweet and fruity on the front end and, then, tangy BBQ shocks your senses and gives you some real grit. Just like this zinfandel/buffalo wing combo.
We drank the 2014 Predator Old Vine Zinfandel. It’s fruity, youthful and juicy. Serve it slightly chilled to further cool the spiciness of the wings.
Watching Sunday football is supposed to be relaxing, low-key and a little indulgent. Choose approachable, inexpensive bottles to drink with easy, informal game day foods. Keep the wines casual, food-friendly, and slightly chilled and you’ll find yourself guzzling wine all through the game.
Predator Old Vine Zinfandel
Region: Lodi, California
Treveri Cellars “Blanc de Blancs” Brut
Region: Columbia Valley, Washington