Just because Super Bowl is a US-based sport, it doesn’t mean the entire event has center around cheap beers from the US – though, we must admit, we are big fans of their commercials!
If you’re trading beer cans for glasses, then you might as well trade up on your menu options too.. We’ve scoured the internet to find some upscale twists on Super Bowl classics – complete with wine pairings, don’t worry! Now, we know it isn’t feasible to serve the menu course-for-course, after all, you’ll want to watch the game! But should you want to try a variety of things and please a variety of palates, please take note of our suggestions.
At the end of the day, there is a reason sommeliers fell in love with Grüner Veltliner, it’s a perfect food wine! Reach for a classic style and you won’t go wrong or feel free to add some bubbly to the festivities!
Parsnip & Carrot Chips & Guacamole with Basil & Shallots Finger foods are a must for any big game day and these chips are a pleasant twist on an old favorite – (you can even dip them in the guacamole!) Stick with the classics or add a little bubble here. Grüner would love to be a partner to this pairing.
Chili Peanuts - The spice from the paprika and cayenne with the salt can be overpowering and leave you reaching for not only a beer, but a heavier, wheat beer to offset the intensity. We say, skip that step and reach for something else! We’d recommend keep your glass full of Grüner for this pairing too!
Pork Chili Verde with Red Chili Salsa: Go with your gut and pair green with green: Grüner again for this dish, but choose a reserve style or smaragd so as not to be overpowered by the hot chilies!
Stuffed Lamb Sliders: Blaufränkisch, Blaufränkisch, Blaufränkisch…. can’t go wrong! The herbs and spices of the dish and hearty flavors from the ground lamb will be sure to please!
Peach-Laquered Chicken Wings: We’re all about Riesling for this dish! The complex blend of flavors and hint of sweetness will play nicely off Riesling’s natural character.
Marianated Thai-style Pork Spareribs: Try a light red here from Zweigelt or Blaufrankisch – the flavors of the wine won’t overpower the dish’s complexity of flavors, but will pair nicely with attributes in the wines.
Mini Lobster Rolls w/ Lemon Vinaigrette and Garlic Butter: Once again, we’re look beyond our most prominent grapes and toward a more international style – try a Sauvignon Blanc from Styria with this dish. The contrast of flavors will end up as a perfect meld.
Slow-roasted Tomato Crostini The tomato in the crostini in combination with the mint and salty olive flavors are a good match for Blauer Portugeiser. Though it is not an easy find here, it’s rustic notes paired with spice and a somewhat, gamey note are a great match.