Feb 05 2011
As we hunker down tomorrow for an exciting Super Bowl XLV with our arch rival cheese head neighbors Green Bay Packers against the favored 3x Super Bowl Pittsburgh Steelers, what food and drink will you have during this 4 hour battle? While most of you may think beer first, there are many wines that pair very well with Super Bowl fare such as New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc with Nachos, Gruner Veltliner (aka Gruvee) with salted chips and nuts, Oregon Pinot Noir with thin crust peperoni pizza, Prosecco with popcorn, Viognier with spicy Buffalo Wings, Tempranillo with Burgers & Brats! To make it even that much more festive, we’ve selected wines that in in the shades of the Super Bowl’s team’s colors (I know…it’s a stretch!).
2009 Babich “Headwaters Organic Block” Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand
Grape(s): Sauvignon Blanc
The nose is subtly perfumed with red current and passion fruit. The palate has a soft and sweet fruited entry, nice weight, and is finely structured – making it a good food match. Juicy fruits are found on the mid palate and the finish is dry. This wine should develop nicely in the medium term.
Regular Price: $19.99 Sale Price: $17.99/Bottle or $203.89/Case
2009 Leth Gruner Veltliner, Wagram, Austria
Grape(s): Gruner Veltliner
The soil of the Wagram region of Austria is considered to be one of the best types for growing Gruner Veltliner. The Leth Winery is known for producing wines that beautifully express this unique ”terroir.” This is a dry white, with flavors of white pepper and a distinct minerality.
Regular Price: $17.99 Sale Price: $16.19/Bottle $194.29/Case
2007 Viridian, Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, Oregon
Grape(s): Pinot Noir
The wine displays a rich medium ruby color. The aromas are dark cherry, cranberry, raspberry, and blueberry with hints of vanilla and black pepper spices. The rich creamy entry is accented with bright red cherry and cranberry fruit with vanilla oak spice. The tannins are rich and mouth filling on the exit. The structure is indicative of a wine that can age for several years. This Pinot Noir pairs well with seafood, particularly NW salmon, as well as chicken and Asian cuisine.
Regular Price: $ 15.49 Sale Price: $13.94/Bottle $167.29/Case
NV Vigna Del Sole Prosecco, Conegliano, Italy
Made from selected grapes grown on vineyards located in the hills of Conegliano and Valdobbiadene, this Prosecco has a pronounced yeastiness in the aroma along with pear and melon notes. Medium-full with a supple mouthfeel and lovely acidity in the off-dry finish. While this would make a lovely aperitif, it has enough character to accompany most pastas (cream sauces would be ideal with this) as well as shellfish.
Regular Price: $15.49 Sale Price: $13.94/Bottle $167.29/Case
2009 Chateau Pesquie Viognier, Vin de Pays de Méditerranée, France
Very exuberant, with peach, anise and green plum notes that bounce through the open, lively finish. Drink now. 2,083 cases made.
Regular Price: $ 18.99 Sale Price: $17.09/Bottle $205.09/Case
2008 Emilio Moro Finca Resalso Tempranillo, Ribera del Duero, Castilla Leon, Spain
The 2008 Finca Resalso was made from the estate’s younger Tinto Fino (Tempranillo) vines and aged in French oak for 4 months. Dark ruby-colored, it exhibits a nicely perfumed nose of violets, spice box, leather, and black cherry. This is followed by a medium to full-bodied wine with plenty of savory fruit, an easy-going personality, and excellent depth. This lengthy effort actually has 2-3 years of aging potential but can be enjoyed now. It over-delivers in a big way.
Regular Price: $16.49 Sale Price: $14.84/Bottle $178.09/Case