The Super Bowl is without doubt one of the few occasions in American athletics that manages to draw the eye of your entire nation, together with those that aren’t huge sports activities buffs the opposite 364 days of the 12 months. Even when soccer isn’t your forte, there’s loads else to attract in viewers, relying on your style for leisure — the adverts, the halftime present, the Buffalo wings, the beer. Or, the wine.
Whereas beer is the plain selection for Super Bowl celebrations, there’s no rule that claims you possibly can’t drink wine as a substitute (or as well as). In truth, it could be an excellent selection: Wine is made to go along with meals, and is much less more likely to fill you up, thus saving treasured abdomen area for snacking.
If you happen to’re searching for the proper pairing on your seven-layer dip, preserve studying. VinePair spoke to 14 sommeliers to seek out out what they’ll be pouring and pairing on sport day.
The Greatest Super Bowl Wines Really useful by Sommeliers
- Weiser-Künstler Riesling
- Dettori Bianco 2018
- Crémant de Bourgogne
- Off-dry Riesling
- Weingut Joh. Jos. Prüm Riesling
- Off-dry Vouvray Chenin Blanc
- Cru Beaujolais
- Mellville Pinot Noir, 2018
- Domäne Wachau Federspiel Terrassen Grüner Veltliner
- Laurent Perrier Brut Champagne
- Von Successful Riesling Additional Brut
- Augusta Vineyard Norton 2017
- Desert Night time Pét-Nat
Maintain studying for particulars about all of the beneficial wines!
“Can’t go mistaken with Weiser-Künstler Riesling! That’s a fairly very good owl.” —Daniel Yeom, sommelier, Brooklyn
“On Super Bowl Sunday, my pals and I can be beginning with an important Menabrea Bionda Lager or Dolomiti Rossa for people who like a extra complicated beer. For the barbecue, we’ll observe with a 2018 Dettori Bianco IGT. It’s a versatile orange wine from Sardinia, my residence area in Italy. This wine has nice acidity and complexity. It has a robust persistency of dried stone fruit with a sapidity that makes you are feeling like you take a dip within the Mediterranean Sea. Beautiful!“ —Andrea Salaris, sommelier, Angelini Osteria + Alimentari, Los Angeles
“This 12 months, I’m going all in with Crémant de Bourgogne. Usually I preserve it crowd/budget-friendly throughout the Super Bowl, because it’s a beer vacation and most of the people would simply pour orange juice within the bubbly I introduced anyway. However this 12 months, I don’t must share. Crémant de Bourgogne is a superb choice for Champagne lovers that don’t have overflowing funds in the mean time, and don’t need to downgrade into the Charmat world. It’s daring and effectively rounded sufficient to pair with quite a lot of salty snacks and cheese, and fancy sufficient to take away any guilt of ending a bottle by your self on your sofa.” —Blaine Brown, sommelier, Rome
“The Super Bowl is a chance to actually go to city on the snacks: wings, pizza, nachos, and many others. Since salty and spicy are the order of the day in terms of the meals, I’ll be consuming off-dry Riesling. Low alcohol and a little bit of sweetness are ultimate with the warmth out of your Buffalo wings, and the saltiness of the pizza and nachos. [It] additionally signifies that a couple of bottles in, I’ll most likely nonetheless be capable of see the TV, too. They’re not significantly costly, although if you wish to actually have an important evening you possibly can splurge for some very good examples from Germany.” —Matt Woodburn-Simmonds, sommelier, Ediburgh
“My Super Bowl spreads have a tendency to supply a large taste spectrum from Buffalo wings and tacky nachos to salty pork rinds and heat Brie, so I want a wine that may assist my palate stand as much as the beating. Riesling has nice acidity to chop by salt and fats, aromatics to steadiness the veritable spice bouquet, and the physique to face as much as melted cheese and wealthy sauces. Examples from the Mosel in Germany, akin to J.J. Prüm, will supply a contact of sweetness which is right for taming spicy meals, however the sugar-averse ought to look to Austria’s Weingut Knoll or Alsace’s Domaine Zind-Humbrecht, the place dry variations reign supreme.” —Alex White, sommelier, Monello, Minneapolis, Minn.
“On sport day, you don’t need complicated drinks that can steal your focus away from the sector. That’s why I prefer to have a bottle or two of off-dry Chenin Blanc for the snack unfold. Off-dry wines have a refreshing combo of sugar and acid, offering raise and readability for spicy, fatty meals, and refreshing your palate over and over like a glass of Sprite. Off-dry Chenin Blanc from Vouvray is my most popular selection!” —Naseem Rafiei, sommelier, P.S. Steak, Minneapolis, Minn.
“I’m planning on consuming Riesling throughout the 2021 Super Bowl. Riesling is an easy-to-drink, light-bodied white wine with crisp acidity that pairs effectively with quite a lot of meals. Will probably be scrumptious with Buffalo wings, nachos, fried meals, and something with bacon.” —Kayla Friedman-Barb, sommelier, Los Angeles
“My husband, who can be a somm, and I feel the proper Super Bowl wine is Cru Beaujolais. We will most likely go along with the Daniel Bouland Morgon Les Delys for this 12 months as a result of we now have some round, however any cru-level Beaujolais will serve. They go nice with spicy game-[day] meals like nachos and chili, and are equally scrumptious served room temp or with a slight chill. Climate in New Orleans is tremendous unpredictable, so this makes it a really versatile selection.” —Chelsea Gober, sommelier, Toups’ Meatery, New Orleans
“I can be celebrating the Super Bowl at residence with my household this 12 months. We have a 2018 Melville Pinot from Lompoc, Calif., put aside ready for the large day. Melville exceeds expectations with this wine, completely polished with juicy acidity and prepared for dialog and crew spirit. Stuffed with uplifting notes of cherry, orange, cranberry, apple blossom, and lychee fruit. Secondary notes of cardamom, impressions of dried black tea leaf, and bramble. Targeted tannins present a end that provides beautiful weight and complexity that enhances the charcuterie board and burgers we can be snacking on. 2018 Melville Pinot is a superb follow-up to the much-respected 2017 Melville Pinot however the 2018 Melville Pinot is way friendlier on the pocketbook.”—Anneliese Place, sommelier, Santa Barbara Wine Works, Santa Barbara, Calif.
“I’ll most likely be having fun with a bottle of Domäne Wachau Federspiel Terrassen Grüner Veltliner. It’s a gentle, high-acid wine from Austria that’s broadly beloved. I take into account it a crowd-pleasing wine, so it’s straightforward to share it with company who might have various wine tastes. Additionally, I’ve all the time beloved consuming this wine with potato chips, of all issues! The clear, inexperienced apple on the palate of the Grüner syncs up splendidly with the salty crunch of the snack.” —Rosie Jean Adams, sommelier, Bywater American Bistro, New Orleans
“Salty snacks are a go-to for rooting on your favourite Super Bowl crew, however pairing it with a bottle of bubbly creates the proper mixture. My Super Bowl Sunday bubbly of selection could be Laurent Perrier Brut Champagne. The dry bubbles and acidity actually accent the saltiness of your sport day snacks and appetizers. It’s the proper refresher to raise the style with out overwhelming the flavors.” —Brian Cooper, sommelier, The Ritz-Carlton Sarasota, Sarasota, Fla.
“For the Super Bowl this 12 months, I plan on consuming Von Winning Riesling Extra Brut. This dry sparkler is PERFECT with Buffalo hen wings (which can be what I’m consuming). The minerality and excessive acid work to calms down the warmth from the Buffalo sauce. The ripe peach observe and floral character pairs superbly with the crispy pores and skin from the wings. Bubbles are all the time good to have a good time, and this sparkling Riesling completely will make me really feel completely happy if my crew wins or loses. —Michele Gargiulo, sommelier and supervisor, Hamptons, Sumter, S.C.
“I’m not a soccer fan, however I’m a Missourian and proud to assist our KC Chiefs! Additionally, quarterback Patrick Mahomes II is an absolute darling and represents one of the best of our state (we don’t all the time have rather a lot to be pleased with). I’ll most actually be elevating a glass of Missouri wine, extra particularly, Augusta Winery Norton 2017. Norton is Missouri’s official state grape, and Augusta is America’s first AVA! The wine is highly effective, earthy, and somewhat bit wild … with that hearty Midwestern spirit. The candy smoke on the end additionally goes nice with KC BBQ.” —Annie Shapero, sommelier, NYC
“It’s [the] Super Bowl, so go huge or keep residence! Oh wait, we’re all staying residence! My favourite pairing with this big of a sports activities day tends to have extra to do with the halftime, which is often glitzy, so why not go spritzy?! A half-bottle of Desert Night’s Pét-Nat bubbles is the proper mid-game dangle: dry and brilliant, with plenty of hope for the second half! If you happen to can’t get your palms on that, then a half bottle of Jacquart Champagne Brut Mosaic ought to have the identical impact! Go crew!” —Coly Den Haan, sommelier and proprietor, Vinovore, Los Angeles