Kick off the football season & tackle these food & wine pairings:

(In the huddle) Alright… I want Barbera in the backfield. Dolcetto, Cab, and Chianti stay up front to let me breathe a bit in the pocket.  Shiraz and Spumante run a corkscrew route. Merlot, you open up late to the left. I want Riesling to run a foil route and peel off to the right. Zinfandel can jam up the middle and pull in the defense a bit.

Ready, on two on two… BREAK!

Football season begins tonight! Is there a better reason to dabble with food and drink? I’ll keep this short, but if you’re not gun-slinging beers during the game and want to enjoy wine instead… there’s a food pairing for that.

What wine goes with Nachos
Zinfandel, Dry Rose, or Viognier

What wine goes with Quesadillas
Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc, or Syrah/ShriazWhat wine goes with Buffalo Wings
Riesling, Gewürztraminer, or Syrah/Shiraz

What wine goes with Original Chicken Wings

Spumante, Merlot, or Sparkling Wine

What wine goes with Roast Beef Sandwiches
Barbera, Cabernet Sauvignon, or Vacquereyas

What wine goes with Popcorn

Sancerre, Blanc de Blanc, or Chardonnay

Let’s not forget the pizza!

What wine goes with Pizza with Chicken
Pinot Noir, Sangiovese, or Chianti

What wine goes with Pepperoni Pizza

Zinfandel, Dolcetto, or Chianti

What wine goes with Cheese Pizza

Barbera, Chianti, or Zinfandel

Jim from Hello Vino

P.S. Zinfandel was all jammed up and not an option across the middle.  Spumante was covered by a taller opponent. Merlot opened up a bit too late, and Riesling had trouble peeling off easily. Shiraz was open in the end zone, but dropped the ball because it was being heckled/distracted by a fan (later identified as Syrah).