I love football even though my beloved Atlanta Falcons are not in the Super Bowl, I am all in for a great Super Bowl party.
While there will be a lot of beers being poured, I stay faithful to liquid grapes. So, you don’t typically think of pairing wines with party foods like wings, chips, nachos, etc… I am here to tell you that you there are delightful wine pairing opportunities.
Buffalo Chicken Wings
So it has been my experience Buffalo wings have some spice whether the level of intensity of spice is mild, medium, or hot.
My wine pairing suggestions are:
All of these wines will round out the spice in even the spiciest chicken wing.
Champagne is a perfect match for salty chips. The wine’s high acidity and the prickle of those bubbles are the ideal preparation for the next chip, and the next, and the next, and so on. A sparkling wine will also absolutely work.
Barbecue chips get their flavor from a weird range of ingredients—honey powder, onion powder, garlic powder, hickory smoke powder, barley malt powder, tomato powder, the list goes on. But one thing that’s common to a lot of them is yeast extract, which essentially imparts a savory, umami note—the sort of thing that’s ideal with an earthy, spicy Pinot Noir.
Sour Cream & Onion
Simply put a buttery, oaky, Chardonnay will pair well with your Sour Cream & Onion chip. This happens to be one of my childhood favorite chips.
So I am calling a Zinfandel or Rose for this pairing the sweetness from the fruit in the wine will offset any spice that comes with the nachos.
Getting ready for some football!!!!!!