Football’s Back: The Best Wines to Serve With Guacamole

Guacamole with avocadoExcept for this evening’s “Monday Night Football” doubleheader, the first week of the 2015-16 NFL season is in the books. If your team won, congratulations. If your team lost, better luck next week.

And speaking of next week, don’t forget that all NFL games go better with guacamole and wine.

You read that correctly. While guac and beer may be the more obvious and traditional choice, for we who prefer wine to beer, there are choices available.

Some people get real creative with their guac. Variations I’ve heard good things about include shrimp mango guac, chipotle corn guac, and sweet heat bacon guac. While each adds flavors to the equation, those flavors make wine pairing more challenging.

I’m a simple man. I prefer a basic guacamole to go with my chips and wine. Here’s the three-ingredient recipe I use:

  • 4 avocados (I prefer Hass), skins and pits removed
  • 4 teaspoons lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon salt

I simply place the avocado pieces in a bowl, smash them up with a fork, and mix in the lime juice and salt. Some people add cumin and/or black pepper but, as I mentioned, I’m a simple guy.

But even when a simple guac is served with salty chips, the wine choices become more limited — basically, to dry sparkling wines such as Blanc de Blanc.

So, I opt for salt-free corn chips. Dip those in my simple guac, and while sparkling wine still works just fine, the number of vinous choices expands to include Sauvignon Blanc, Vinho Verde, Gruner Veltliner, Albariño and Verdelho.

Choosing which wine to open may become more complicated, but that’s what this simple guy calls a nice problem.

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