Down. Set. Sip!

This guest post was written by Leo Blais, a Boston-area social media marketer and video blogger for ParkingLotCritics.com.

It’s that time of the year again that I love, and no, I’m not talking about the holiday decorations that seem to go up each year earlier than the year before.  It’s not the Black Friday or Cyber Monday excitement.  It’s better.  If you’re a fan like me, you can’t wait for the weekends to arrive, because watching college football on Saturdays, and clearing your schedule on Sunday for the NFL is the perfect way to celebrate during the holidays.

With the college football bowl season arriving in the next few weeks, I thought I’d put together a short list of some tasty foods with a few Hello Vino recommended wine pairings. This may be just the right ingredients to help your team win!

# 1 Oregon Ducks  
You’ll want to go to Newman’s and have some of their great battered fish and chips and chowder, with a new location right near Autzen Stadium, these will pair well with Pinot Gris

#2  Auburn Tigers
Pick up some of Jim Bob’s Chicken Fingers in Opelika, AL and of course don’t forget their dipping sauce, which pairs with Merlot, or Chenin Blanc for honey sauce

#3 TCU Horned Frogs
While cheering on the Horned Frogs from Ft. Worth, TX, word has it that the best wings are from the Buffalo Bros. and a bottle of Nero d’Avola or a dry Riesling will do the trick.

#4  Wisconsin Badgers
Ordering a pie from Pizza di Roma is a popular campus tradition, or if you’re going for pizza after the game, try Ian’s Pizza By The Slice.  A pepperoni pizza will pair well with Zinfandel

#5  Stanford Cardinal
Pluto’s has quite the sandwich selection and a Grilled Marinated Tri-Tip or Flank Steak on a California sourdough along with Beaujolais sounds awfully good.

#6  Ohio St Buckeyes
Maybe you can surprise your buckeye friends with some of Columbus’ finest donuts at Buckeye Donuts.  Try their honey dipped along with Sauvignon Blanc, which if you’re not doing kegs in eggs, maybe some donuts in wine will be your game.

#7  Michigan State Spartans
Pasties, get your pasties here!  If you haven’t heard, pasties are small portable meat and vegetable pies, perfect for tailgating or cheering on those Spartans at home.  The recipe for the original Pasty brought over from the Welsh settlers will pair nicely with a Syrah 

#8  Arkansas Razorbacks
Well it would be right if you didn’t treat yourself to grilling up some pork ribs while cheering on the Razorbacks!  Have some semi-sweet Riesling or Shiraz wine with that swine! 

#9  Boise State Broncos
One of the first settlers in Idaho were the Basques, who could really cook up a great sheep stew, pairing well with Pinot Noir.  

#10  Oklahoma Sooners
Did you know that Oklahoma is the only state in the union with an official state meal?! That state meal entails all the stuff champions are made of: fried okra, squash, cornbread, barbecue pork, biscuits, sausage and gravy. Grits, corn, strawberries, chicken fried steak, pecan pie, and black-eyed peas. Whoa…you’re on your own here!


The Hello Vino Team