For the first time in National Football League history, the league will stage a six-game “Super Wild Card Weekend,” with three playoff games on Saturday and three more on Sunday.
That’s television nirvana for a football fan, and quite a tall order for anyone tasked with feeding that fan.
The good news is that Bordeaux can replace Budweiser as the official beverage of football couch potatoes — especially when it, or others types of wine, are paired with some good food.
Even better news: You don’t need to switch up the football fare. Wine can be paired with virtually any dish you’re planning to serve this weekend.
A few examples:
* Lemon-pepper wings — Sauvignon Blanc.
* Honey barbecue wings — Zinfandel or a Grenache-Syrah-Mourvedre blend.
* Pepperoni pizza — Zinfandel.
* Pizza with the works — A dry rosé-style wine, slightly chilled.
* A mix of assorted nuts, pretzels and Chex cereal — A dry sparkling wine.
* Tacos al Pastor — Syrah.
* French onion dip and crackers (avoid salty chips) — Chardonnay, slightly chilled.
* Cheddar-cheese-filled sliders — Merlot.
* Potato skins with melted cheddar, sour cream, bacon bits and chives — Dry Riesling, slightly chilled.
* Sloppy Joes — A Cotes du Rhone red cuvee, or a Portuguese red blend.
* Grilled cheese sandwiches — If the sandwich is made with cheddar cheese, opt for Cabernet Sauvignon. If it’s made with American cheese, try Chenin Blanc, slightly chilled.
* Hot dogs with mustard and onions — Pinot Noir, especially one from California’s Sonoma Coast or Russian River Valley area.
So… are you ready for some football… and wine?