Wines for Television Game Days

Oct. 13, 2012

Happy Game Day Bears! As we get ready to beat the Cougars tonight, it’s time to think about what wines will go best with a game that we watch on television. Here are a few suggestions that I think will make for an especially fun evening:

  • Sparkling wine with potato chips — Crisp sparkling wine is the perfect match for the oil and salt in the chips.
  • Sparkling wine with sushi — Can you say YUM?!?
  • Sauvignon Blanc — We are playing the big kitty cats from WASU tonight. So why not drink a wine that people say smells like something that comes out of tom cats? 🙂 More importantly, Sauvignon Blanc is one of the food friendliest white wines around. It pairs well with seafood, grilled white meat, pasta dishes and semi-soft cheeses such as brie and havarti.
  • Chardonnay and Pinot Noir — I did a little googling to see what cougar tastes like. Several bloggers said it’s a somewhat boring chicken-like, non-gamey meat. If you’e serving cougar tonight, these wines will be a good match.
  • Zinfandel — For your pizza course, you can choose many different red wines, from Syrah to Merlot to Cabernet and beyond. For tonight’s game, I’m lobbying for a Zin because I love the black pepper notes associated with this variety, and I think those spicy notes are a great way to light a fire under the Bears as they put the heat on the Cougars.
  • Hot mulled wine – To celebrate our 3rd win of the season, end your festivities tonight by carefully simmering 1 bottle of Syrah, 2 cups of cranberry juice, 1 cup of orange juice, 3 cinnamon sticks, 5-6 whole cloves and 2/3 cup sugar.
Cheers and GO BEARS!

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