Wine Pairing Plays for Game Day Snack Foods

Wine Market Council Offers Winning Wine Pairings for Super Snacking

Stand-bys*



Jan 25, 2007, 00:00 ET from Wine Market Council

    SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- As game day approaches, don't
 forget to include wine at your Super Bowl party. The Wine Market Council
 makes it easy by pairing game-day snack stand-bys with favorite wines.
 Super Bowl Sunday isn't just for beer drinkers anymore!
     Buffalo Wings
     Piquant and vinegary wings need white wines with a lot of acidity like
 Sauvignon Blanc or Albarino from Spain 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.
     Pizza
     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, which is produced in
 Northern Italy's Piedmont area and parts of California also has a nice tang
 to accompany pepperoni or sausage. For a pizza emphasizing garlic or
 vegetables, try a Pinot Grigio.
     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 or Rioja from Spain (with flavors of the Tempranillo
 grape) 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.
     Nachos or Quesadillas
     One of the best matches for anything with corn, such as chips or
 tortillas, is Chardonnay. This is the case here, as Chardonnay also will
 complement creamy cheeses and counterpoint the salsa. In the red category,
 Zinfandel 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 Malbec 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 Cabernet, which goes beautifully with beef.
     * For more great wine and food pairing advice, visit
 http://www.wineanswers.com
     Wine Market Council is an independent, non-profit trade association of
 grape growers, wine producers, importers, wholesalers, retailers and other
 organizations affiliated with the wine industry. For more information,
 visit http://www.winemarketcouncil.com or http://www.wineanswers.com .
 
 

SOURCE Wine Market Council
    SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- As game day approaches, don't
 forget to include wine at your Super Bowl party. The Wine Market Council
 makes it easy by pairing game-day snack stand-bys with favorite wines.
 Super Bowl Sunday isn't just for beer drinkers anymore!
     Buffalo Wings
     Piquant and vinegary wings need white wines with a lot of acidity like
 Sauvignon Blanc or Albarino from Spain 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.
     Pizza
     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, which is produced in
 Northern Italy's Piedmont area and parts of California also has a nice tang
 to accompany pepperoni or sausage. For a pizza emphasizing garlic or
 vegetables, try a Pinot Grigio.
     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 or Rioja from Spain (with flavors of the Tempranillo
 grape) 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.
     Nachos or Quesadillas
     One of the best matches for anything with corn, such as chips or
 tortillas, is Chardonnay. This is the case here, as Chardonnay also will
 complement creamy cheeses and counterpoint the salsa. In the red category,
 Zinfandel 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 Malbec 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 Cabernet, which goes beautifully with beef.
     * For more great wine and food pairing advice, visit
 http://www.wineanswers.com
     Wine Market Council is an independent, non-profit trade association of
 grape growers, wine producers, importers, wholesalers, retailers and other
 organizations affiliated with the wine industry. For more information,
 visit http://www.winemarketcouncil.com or http://www.wineanswers.com .
 
 SOURCE Wine Market Council