10 Super Bowl Snacks and Wine Pairings for Those Who Skip Beer

There’s nothing better than a Super Bowl house party. Friends, family and food, lots and lots of food. No matter who you are rooting for, you can all come together around the snack table and indulge in the ultimate in game food fare. While beer is certainly going to be flowing during Super Bowl TK, showcasing some fun wine and food pairings would be just the thing to set your party apart from those of years past.

So on Sunday, crack open the vino and get started enjoying the game with these Super Bowl snacks and wine pairings.

1. Steak Sliders + Cabernet Sauvignon

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Cabernet Sauvignon is generally a full-bodied wine. They can be higher in alcohol than most reds and have more tannins (the stuff that makes your tongue feel dry), too.  This leads to a wine that has fuller flavors that linger, or feature a longer finish.

Wines like this are perfect for pairing with larger than life foods, like steak. Since steak has big flavor, this is a wine that can stand up to it. This pairing is so perfect because the fat on steak actually helps to mellow out the drying effects of tannins, so your mouth feels luscious when you have steak and cab.

A hanger or skirt steak in slider form is perfect for Super Bowl Sunday alongside this wine. Get the recipe here.

2. Deviled Eggs + Chardonnay

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Deviled eggs are a classic for any group get together. They are easy-to-eat and delicious. On Super Bowl Sunday, you can even shape the to look like footballs.

The vanilla, butterscotch and spice notes (nutmeg, crushed cloves and vanilla) in Robert Mondavi OneHope California Chardonnay is the perfect complement for this game day snack.

Get the recipe here.

3. Pepperoni Pizza + Montepulciano d’Abruzzo

Medium-bodied red wines like Italian Montepulciano’s are robust and herbal and can cut through the hearty flavors in most meat-sauce laden Italian foods. After all, if it grows together, it goes together.

So, this is the perfect wine to feed your pizza addiction. Trader Joe’s sells one for under ten bucks that your friends will swear came from a collector’s cellar in Chianti. The added fat from the pepperoni, in particular, make this a touchdown pairing.

Get the recipe here.

4. Beef Chili + Merlot

A hearty meaty chili is always a good idea on a brisk February night. The sweet and savory flavors in America’s Favorite Chili is sure to be a conversation starter at your Super Bowl party. Especially you serve it alongside Merlot.

Mondavi makes two great options. A 2014 reserve with flavors of tart cherry and bittersweet chocolate, and a non-vintage California merlot with notes of peat, dried fig and tea leaves, with just the right amount of vanilla to balance the flavors of this amazing chili.

Get the recipe here.

5. Cheese Plate + Pinot Grigio

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A mellow, light bodied pinot grigio is the perfect pairing for a versatile cheese plate. LBD Wines makes a California Pinot Grigio that is fresh with flavors of green apple and lemongrass with a zesty tangerine finish.

The brightness of this wine will complement the flavors of most cheeses including soft, tart and earthy goat cheese, mild and creamy Colby jack, soft and clean mozzarella and rich and funky gorgonzola.

Get the how to on putting a cheese plate together here.

6. Buffalo Chicken Dip + Sauvignon Blanc

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Those who love buffalo chicken will be so happy you serve them this. It’s the ideal way to get your buffalo fix while still indulging your need to dip something.

The citrusy zest of OneHope’s Sauvignon Blanc is the perfect wine to compliment the spicy tang of the buffalo sauce while light and crisp enough to cut through the savory cream cheese. This is the combination that will have them all talking.

Get the recipe here. 

7. Bison Nachos + Zinfandel

One of our all-time favorite game day snacks are nachos! The cheesier, the better! Give yours a twist with bison instead of traditional beef or chicken for a healthier and heartier nacho plate.

Buffalo is the perfect combination for our a juicy Zinfandel stuffed with vine-ripened berries. The Zinfandel from OneHope also donates proceeds from purchase of this zinfandel to support our troops.

Get the recipe here.

8. Stuffed Jalapeños + Riesling

There is nothing quite like a stuffed jalapeño pepper. Creamy cheese, crispy bacon and crisp herbs come together to create the perfect mouth-popping snack. They are easy-to-eat and each bite is full of flavor.

Similarly, there is nothing quite like citrusy Riesling with spicy food. There is something about this combo that just really works. Like things extra spicy? Mix some adobe sauce into the cheesy stuffing.

Get the recipe here.

9. Fried Chicken Wings + Champagne or Sparkling Wine

It wouldn’t be football without wings. Fried chicken and champagne might sound like an odd combo, but it is a tried and true pairing that couldn’t be more perfect together.

Opt for a Champagne from France or more affordable sparkling wine from Italy (prosecco) or Spain (cava). The crisp bubbles are rich and refreshing, the perfect accompaniment to a fattier, chicken-skinned Super Bowl snack.

Get the recipe here.

10. BBQ Ribs + Sangria

This pairing works especially well for BBQ ribs that are sauce or rub heavy. The extra richness, flavor and spice is highlighted by a fruity sangria that has a cooling effect on the heat of the ribs.

Get the recipe here.

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