Football, Fun and Wine: The Perfect Tailgating Beverage!

Oct 06, 2010, 09:30 ET from Wine Masters

BERGEN COUNTY, N.J., Oct. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Kickoff is a few hours away; time to set up the lawn chairs, unfurl the banners, fire up the grill and crack open . . . the wine! That's right, wine – who says tailgating belongs to beer?

"There is a misconception beer is the beverage which can best handle the strong flavors of most food found at tailgates," said Mike Geylin, marketing and communications director for Wine Masters. "This is not the case. Wine is an excellent accompaniment for foods like ribs, hot dogs, burgers and sausages; the key is finding the right wine.

"And the wine must also be able to stand by itself, so it can be enjoyed on its own, before the first burger comes off the grill."

A perfect wine to complement the food and the mood of a pre-game party, either in the stadium parking lot or family room, is the Eagle Eye Infatuation Blend 2006, a Wine Masters Selection and available at all 30 independently owned Wine Masters shops in New Jersey, New York, Connecticut and Massachusetts (

This California grape blend can handle seasoned meats, thanks to the strong Cabernet and Malbec base, while the Syrah adds enough fruit for a smooth finish and satisfying drink on its own.

"This is a near perfect wine for virtually any food not prepared at the extreme – either extremely heavy and spicy or extremely light," Geylin said. "And the great finishing touch – buying a couple of bottles won't break the bank.

"Like all the wines which receive the Wine Masters' Seal of Approval, our certified sommeliers have tasted the Eagle Eye Infatuation and it meets our strict guidelines for quality and value."

About Wine Masters:

Wine Masters, the leading association of certified sommeliers, is headquartered in Bergen County, N.J. This consortium of independently owned and operated wine and spirits retailers, offers the consumer a unique selection of wines obtained via their direct relationships with renown winemakers from around the world. Currently in four States, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Massachusetts, Wine Masters' 30 plus retailers provide superior quality wines at a value-oriented price.

SOURCE Wine Masters