Olympic Wines

Olympic Wines

We are so excited about the XXXI Olympic Games and with Opening Ceremonies tonight at 8pm ET, on NBC, at Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, we decided to create the ultimate Olympic guide.

Well sort of. For all the actual grist on the (31st) Olympics, check out this awesome roundup from theSkimm. But for all your Olympic wine needs, read on. You pick the sport, we’ve picked the wine. So sit back and enjoy. U-S-A!

Watching Swimming? Drink American.

Olympic legend Michael Phelps is back from retirement but says these are his last games. He’s also carrying our flag tonight in the Opening Ceremonies. Super cool.

What to Drink: Robert Mondavi Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, 2013, $28. Much like Robert Mondavi embodies Napa Valley and has made history in the wine world, Michael Phelps, one of our greatest athletes, personifies that champion spirit in history.

Watching Rugby? Drink New Zealand.

This is one of the craziest sports ever! But with players like Sonny Bill Williams, Liam Messam and their rising star Ardie Savea, New Zealand’s Rugby World Cup champion All Blacks is the team to watch.

What to Drink: Dog Point Vineyard Pinot Noir, 2013, $37. Pinot Noir can handle just about anything, and this one has robust persistent flavors, much like rugby players everywhere.

Watching Cycling? Drink Italian.

Italy and cycling are much like spaghetti and meatballs. The Italians have taken home 32 gold medals to date. This year, they’re looking to Vincenzo Nibali to bring home the gold.

What to Drink: Zonin Prosecco, $14. Because nothing says celebration like a glass of bubbly.

Watching Fencing? Drink French.

The French have won 41 gold medals (second to Italy with 45) in the Olympics thus far, so they’re in it to win. Fencing factoid: The sport has been a part of the Olympics since inaugural 1896 games

What to Drink: Chateau La Cardonne Medoc Cru Bourgeois, 2009, $24. Fencing is a classic and precise sport, just like Bordeaux wines that are certified Cru Bourgeois du Medoc.

Watching Volleyball? Drink American…again.

You have to watch Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings go for gold. They have already won two Olympic gold medals together. If they win a third they will be the first beach team to win three golds.

What to Drink: Angels and Cowboys Rosé, 2014, $15. Because we love to drink pink on the beach. And the name on the label says it all.

Watching Boxing? Drink Argentinan.

Argentina has five amazing boxers competing in each weight classes — Fernando Martínez, Ignacio Perrin, Alberto Palmetta, and 2012 Olympians Alberto Melián and Yamil Peralta.

What do Drink: Trapiche Oak Cast Malbec, 2013, $13. Malbec is one of the best representations of Argentina and is becoming super popular in the US. It’s a versatile red wine that can stand up to anything — much like these games.

So whether you watch the games on TV or stream them on your phone, be sure to watch them over the next 16 days. Best global bonding ever.


Tracy Byrnes, former FOX Business Network anchor and host of “Wine with Me” for Foxnews.com, is editor-in-chief and chief contributor of The Sip. 

Photo Credit: Getty Images

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