No matter which team you’re rooting for on America’s biggest game day, everyone wins with delicious Super Bowl snacks. Between queso, buffalo wings, sliders, chips, and more, there’s endless delectable options to choose from. Why not make this Super Bowl Sunday even tastier with the perfect wine pairings to match? Whether you crushed dry January or not, we all deserve to indulge a little. So, elevate your favorite Super Bowl appetizers to the next level with these wine pairings.
Nachos & Vinho Verde
No Super Bowl Sunday is complete without a tray of crunchy nachos to munch on. Doused in melted cheese, guacamole, salsa, sour cream, beans, and any other toppings of choice, nachos are a must have finger food for game day. Though it’s hard to imagine how nachos could get any tastier, a chilled Vinho Verde would do the trick.
Vinho Verde is named for the region in Portugal where it’s made. The wine is a blend of indigenous white Porteguese grapes, predominantly Alvarinho and Loureiro. This crisp, bright wine with refreshing acidity, citrus flavors, and a slight spritz makes for the perfect thirst-quenching sipper alongside salty, savory nachos. Vinho Verde is also a delicious pairing for chips and salsa or guacamole.
Buffalo Wings & Riesling
Buffalo wings are a Super Bowl snack that packs a flavorful punch. These classic wings drenched in a mixture of butter and hot sauce are typically served with celery and blue cheese dipping sauce.
Whether you love mild, medium, or knock your socks off heat, try pairing buffalo wings with Riesling. The sugar in Riesling will moderate the heat on your palate. While the wine’s high acidity cuts through the fattiness of the chicken. Plus, Riesling’s citrus and stone fruit flavors will complement that tangy buffalo sauce and blue cheese dip.
Sliders & Red Bordeaux
Sliders are a great way to transform cheeseburgers into an easy finger food for Super Bowl appetizers. Plus, you have a ton of options for how to dress them up—classic cheeseburger, blue cheese, caramelized onion, or mix things up with a french dip. Whatever you choose, juicy red meat calls for a red wine to match.
Pair sliders with a red Bordeaux, which is a blend often dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot. Red Bordeaux offers a medium to full-bodied wine hefty enough to stand alongside red meat. The salt and fat in the meat smooth out the wine’s higher tannins. Red Bordeaux also has blackcurrant and plum flavors that nicely complement savory sliders.
Healthy Super Bowl Snacks – The Veggie Tray
For the health conscious on Super Bowl Sunday, there’s always the vegetable tray. Though an assortment of veggies, hummus, and dipping sauces makes for a great snack whether you’re counting calories or not.
A clean and bright Pinot Grigio is the perfect wine alongside fresh vegetables. The wine’s crisp acidity, plus flavors of lemon, lime, and bitter almond are a great complement to crunchy veggies and creamy dips.
Wine Pairings for Easy Super Bowl Snacks
For a stress free Super Bowl Sunday with zero preparation, bust out a few bags of your favorite chips. With the right wine pairings, these appetizers will still be a total touchdown.
Lay’s Classic Potato Chips & Brut Champagne
Warning: this is an addictive pairing. The bubbles and high acidity in Brut Champagne are super refreshing after munching on salty potato chips. That same acidity cuts through the greasiness of the chips, too. While the salt from the chips elevates the fruity, floral notes of the Brut Champagne.
Nacho Cheese Doritos & Grenache
A juicy Grenache is loaded with fruit flavors like strawberry, raspberry, black cherry, and citrus rind, plus a touch of spice. The salty, Nacho Cheese Doritos will really highlight the fruity flavors of Grenache, giving that classic sweet and salty combo adored by many.
Cheetos & Provençal Rosé
Provençal rosé is usually crisp, dry, and refreshing with strawberry, melon, peach, citrus, or grapefruit flavors. Extra cheesy Cheetos will enhance the fruity flavors and aromas of this rosé. Plus, the wine will quench your thirst from this salty Super Bowl snack.
Sour Cream and Onion Chips & Unoaked Chardonnay
An unoaked Chardonnay showcases zippy acidity and the variety’s flavors of lemon, green apple, pear, and perhaps tropical fruits if grown in a warmer climate. These flavors are perfect with the tangy, herbaceous sour cream and onion chips. The wine’s fresh acidity nicely contrasts the chips’ saltiness.
Barbeque Chips + California Zinfandel
California Zinfandel offers a mouth-watering combination of jammy fruits, like blueberry, boysenberry, and cherry, coupled with spices and a smoky finish. These flavors match perfectly with the salty, tangy, spicy, and smoky flavors of barbeque chips.
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