What to Serve Up for the World Cup

What to Serve Up for the World Cup

feijoada_01The whole world has been wrapped up in the excitement of World Cup competition–Team Daily Sip included. The final games will feature Brazil, Germany, Argentina and Holland, but we thought we would find wines to pair with dishes representing all the different teams’ continents.

No World Cup-inspired menu would be complete without host country Brazil’s national dish, Feijoada, a meaty black bean stew. Prepare a pot before the game and enjoy it throughout, with a similarly spicy, full-flavored wine along side:

CONCHA Y TORO Cassillero Diablo "Manchester United Collection" Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 (Colchagua Valley, Chile) $17
BERNAT Syrah “Gratitude” 2009 (Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Barbara County, CA) $30
CATENA Malbec 2011 (Mendoza, Argentina) $18
CARMEN Petite Sirah “Gran Reserva” 2011 (Maipo Valley, Chile) $16

Representing Asia and the Pacific Rim, enjoy some sushi or sashimi. Of course, you can serve it with sake or even a good martini, but riesling is a particularly nice complement. For example:

JOEL GOTT Riesling 2012 (Columbia Valley, WA) $12
TRIMBACH Riesling 2011 (Alsace, France) $14.95

For the teams from Africa, serve up some West African Bean Fritters with Hot Sauce. To wash them down, go for sparkling wine or rosé, great foil for fried foods. But since the dish’s sauce is spicy, choose a sparkler with a little sweetness:

MULDERBOSCH Rose 2013 (Stellenbosch, South Africa) $10
DOMAINE OULED THALEB Syrah 2010 (Zenata, Morocco) $18
FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA WINERY Sparkling Wine “Sofia Blanc de Blancs” 2012 (Monterey County, CA) $19

And for dessert, head to Europe for Peach Galettes, rustic, summery French tarts. Serve them with a fruity dessert wine that’s rich enough to complement the pastry. Three favorites:

CHATEAU DE COSSE Sauternes 2011 (France) $37 (375 mL)
DR. LOOSEN “Dr. L” Riesling 2012 (Mosel-Saar-Ruwer, Germany) $11
ESSENSIA Orange Muscat Dessert Wine 2012 (California) $22

What food and wine will you serve up for the final games of the World Cup? Tell us here.

Photo Credit: Simply Recipes

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