When you think of getting your friends together to watch the big game, you probably think of two things: junk food and beer. While these two things certainly go hand-in-hand with sports, think outside of the proverbial beer box and consider serving wine at this weekend's party! While it may not seem like wine pairs well with typical game-time snacks, we’ve come up with a tried-and-true pairing guide to help you get started.
Popcorn is a quick and easy snack that you can make in large quantities, plus it stays good for hours! Whether you prefer your popcorn classic-style with butter and salt or you spice it up with truffle oil, reach for a glass of sparkling wine. The carbonation and acidity in sparkling wine balances the salty flavors of the popcorn and creates a perfect pairing.
2. Mozzarella Sticks
Cheesy, crispy, melty mozzarella sticks are a game day classic, but they are rarely paired with wine. We love cheese and wine, so why wouldn’t we love fried cheese with wine? Try this indulgent snack with a chilled glass of Chardonnay. The creamy flavors of the wine complement the creaminess of the cheese and help balance the salt in the breading.
3. Chips and Salsa
Is it even a party if you don’t serve chips and salsa? Chips and salsa are easily a fan-favorite at parties, but your guests have probably never tried them with wine! We love chips and salsa with tart Sauvignon Blanc or a fun red blend, like Peju’s Piccolo.
Taquitos are easy to buy in bulk and heat in the oven throughout the game. Serve them with salsa, sour cream and guacamole for dipping and you’ll have some very satisfied guests! Chicken taquitos are excellent when paired with Chardonnay and beef taquitos go well with a lighter red blend, like Peju Provence.
5. Pizza Bagels
These snacks are reminiscent of high school and college days, but everyone loves to snack on them when game day comes around. The zesty pizza sauce on these bite-sized treats pairs perfectly with a Zinfandel!
6. Veggies and Dip
You have to serve something semi-healthy at your party, right? For those guests looking for a snack on the lighter side, pair a veggie tray with a crisp glass of Sauvignon Blanc.
Rather than everyone filling up on regular-sized burgers, prepare a variety of three-bite sliders so guests can enjoy all of the appetizers you’ve prepared. Since a juicy slider will stand up to bolder reds, serve yours with Syrah or Cabernet Franc.