Who ever said beer is the only acceptable drink at a Super Bowl party? We say spice up your Super Bowl! And the best way to do that is with some distinctive, delectable Yakima Valley wines. These five wines from the oldest wine growing region in Washington state pair well with football-style foods, and they won’t leave you feeling tired and bloated (at least the wine won’t):
1. 14 Hands Hot to Trot Red Blend (with Nachos) – This polished red wine with aromas of cherry, red currant and tea pairs well with savory nachos loaded with meat, cheese and southwestern veggies. A sip of Hot to Trot helps cut powerful, sometimes spicy flavors with its bright acidity and balances the explosion of flavors nachos bring to the table.
2. Owen Roe’s 2012 Sinister Hand Magnum (with Pizza) – This dark wine received its named after a dark story, but the wine itself is delightful. This red blend with aromas of black cherry, cranberry, clove orange zest and dusty earth pair well with pizza, and finishes with fine tannins. Plus it’s a great conversation starter!
3. Kiona Winery Estate Red Mountain Dry Riesling (with Buffalo Wings) – Crisp, clean and refreshing, this riesling has notes of pear, apple and citrus that give it a crisp flavor profile. It’s a great match with those finger-licking Buffalo wings. The intense, lingering flavor of wing sauce is pleasantly cut by this light, fruity riesling with just a hint of frizzante.
4. Steppe Cellars’ 2008 Artemesia (with Cold Cuts) – With floral aromas of violet and rose combined with notes of raspberry and garden herbs, it finishes with dark chocolate and coffee. This interesting new world wine grown right here on the steps of the Yakima Valley pairs really well with cured meats and cheese found in those cold cuts we all love.
5. Kana Winery 2008 Tempranillo (with Sliders) – Sourced from Stone Tree and Elephant Mountain, this beautifully intense Tempranillo is aged three years in French and American oak. It finished with a long, compact fruit finish and balanced acids and pairs well with everyone’s favorite finger food – sliders.
We encourage you to think outside of the box (or should we say can?) this Super Bowl Sunday and support our Seahawks with a great glass of Yakima Valley wine. Here’s a toast to the Hawks, the 12th Man and you!