January 20, 2015
Generally, when you think of drinks for the big game, a beer comes to mind. Think again! Whether you’re ecstatic that your team made it, bitter that they didn’t, or you are just watching for the commercials… we have a selection of Football Food and wine pairings sure to please the entire crowd on game day!
Wings and football seem to go together like peanut butter and jelly. If you want to drink a wine that will make your mouth-watering, sauced-up wings taste even better, grab a bottle of Zinfandel. The spicy, red fruit can definitely hold its own against the bold flavors of the wings. Just remember that the higher the alcohol in the wine, the spicier the wings will be, so beware of the 16% Zins out there unless you are really looking to bring the heat. – Justin Brody, Wine Director, Robin’s Restaurant
Chips & Guacamole
Chips and guacamole with wine, why not! A great wine to serve with tortilla chips and guacamole is Sauvignon Blanc, the lively acidity of the wine cuts through the fat in the avocados wail the citrus, jalapeño, and herbaceous flavors work in perfect harmony with the lime, onions, and cilantro in the guacamole. Try a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc, it will definitely be a treat for wine drinking football fans everywhere! – Justin Brody, Wine Director, Robin’s Restaurant
Pork and Pinto Bean Nachos
I love a Grenache to enhance the flavor of this dish, the smoky red berry notes of the wine act as a perfect flavor booster to the pork, pinto beans and cheese. The low tannins and high acid of the wine won’t overpower the dish, it will actually help to tie all of the flavors of the together leaving you wanting more. – Justin Brody, Wine Director, Robin’s Restaurant
Ground Beef Nachos
Tempranillo offers rustic flavors of plum, cherry, strawberry, tobacco and earthy minerality that pairs with the flavor of the dish very well. These wines go perfectly with the spiced ground beef cutting some of the grease off and bringing out more layers of flavor in the dish. – Justin Brody, Wine Director, Robin’s Restaurant
Spinach and Artichoke Dip
Filled with leafy spinach, artichoke hearts and savory cheeses, Spinach and Artichoke Dip is a perfect dish! You get to use a variety of chips or bread in lieu of utensils, plus it offers a classy spin on the traditional cheese dip. Try a Sauvignon Blanc that has citrus notes and acidity to balance the cream in the dip.
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