Superbowl Snacks with Wine!

January 27, 2014

How to Pair Wine with Superbowl

Has the title alone snagged your interest? Wine and Superbowl don’t seem like two words that go together but maybe they do! I read an article today about the many ways you can pair traditional Superbowl snacks with your favorite wines. This is a little of what I learned. I hope it helps!


Buffalo Chicken Wings:

The hot sauce on the wings is vinegary and the skin is salty tasting and therefore it makes it difficult to pair with a wine. However, after some experimentation, the writer found that the fruity, off dry white wines tasted the best with wings. The sweetness masked the hotness of the Buffalo wing sauce.

Suggestions- Zinfandel or Sparkling wine

Meaty Chili:

A recipe like this one will have a lot of meaty, smoky, and even a spicy taste to it. The only wines that can handle a hearty snack like this one would be your dry dark reds. The abundance of tannins in the wine will bring out the best flavors in your meat chili recipe.

Suggestions- Sirah or Malbec


Pizza is a bit easier to pair with wine. Try any Italian wine such as a Dolchetto or Chianti. Depending on how decorated your pizza is with toppings, you may want to explore a few more choices of wine to pair with your pizza. For instance, Riesling goes great with onions.


A nachos platter has a corn taste from the tortilla chips which needs a grassy white wine like Sauvignon Blanc.

Suggestions- Sauvignon Blanc


Guacamole dip is definitely a snack that requires a semi dry to dry white wine for the pairing. A wine that has herbal or grassy notes to it such as Sauvignon Blanc or a Pinot Grigio will complement the Guacamole recipe.

Suggestions- Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio

Tomato Based Salsa:

A Dry Rose has a crisp taste to it that goes perfectly with fresh salsa. Another idea would be to try a wine with red fruit flavors such as Raspberry or Strawberry.