Wines to Pair with Tailgating Classics

Wines to Pair with Tailgating Classics

guacamole_01Tailgating season is off and running. Historically a time filled with ice chests of beer, tailgating has grown more sophisticated than it was in decades past. Today, sophisticated dishes show up in addition to simple burgers and dogs, and in many people’s glasses are-- yes, wines.

Early in the day, opt for light, refreshing, low alcohol, white wines and rosés. These are a nice match for brunch items, chips, dips, and salty snacks like this full-flavored guacamole. We love Vinho Verde for its low alcohol and sometimes, its slight effervescence. It also helps when the wines are stoppered with screwcap in case you happen to forget the wine opener. Try:

AVELDA “Quinta da Aveleda” 2013 (Vinho Verde, Portugal) $8
BROADBENT Vinho Verde non-vintage (Vinho Verde, Portugal) $10

Once the grills get hot and the meat goes on, a crisp riesling works well to pair with your sausages and brats, like these beer-braised sausages. But equally satisfying is Austrian grüner veltliner because of its high acidity and peppery spice notes.

NIKOLAIHOF Hefeabzug Grüner Veltliner 2012 (Wachau, Austria) $25
BERGER Gruner Veltliner 2013 (Kremstal, Austria) $11 (1L)

As the season evolves and the temperatures begin to drop, hearty comfort dishes like chili come out, and so do the bolder red wines to keep you warm. Incidentally each of these wines would be just as tasty with a rack of grilled baby back ribs or even burgers.

KAIKEN Ultra Malbec 2011 (Mendoza, Argentina) $20
McKINLEY SPRINGS Bombing Range Red 2010 (Horse Heaven Hills, WA) $16
PETERSON Zinfandel 2011 (Dry Creek Valley, CA) $25

What are your favorite wines for tailgating and what teams are you rooting for this year? Let us know below.

Photo Credit: Paul Elledge

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