Ray Isle (@islewine on Twitter) is Food & Wine's executive wine editor. We trust his every cork pop and decant – and the man can sniff out a bargain to boot. Take it away, Ray.
I know, I know, everyone will be drinking beer for the Super Bowl. There will be beer in cans and beer in bottles, beer in kegs and beer in buckets. Rivers of beer will flow, and rafting along them will be cheery platoons of 49ers and Ravens fans.
But what about the few brave folks out there who, when confronted by that fifth plate of Buffalo chicken wings, lift their wineglass and down the contents, feeling nothing but courage and a sense that sidestepping the expected is the reason they’re alive?
Well, for the few and the proud - i.e., the wine-drinking football fans of the world - here are a few excellent Super Bowl wine options, tied to some of the most popular Super Bowl snacks.
Two particularly good deals: the citrusy NV Bouvet Signature Brut, a Loire Valley sparkling wine made from Chenin Blanc, and, since one of this year’s teams is from San Francisco, the lively NV Gloria Ferrer Sparkling Brut from California.
Buffalo Chicken Wings
My vote this Super Bowl season goes to Argentine Malbec, whose peppery, plummy flavors are great with chili. Two impressive values are the potent 2011 Pascual Toso Malbec and the berry-rich 2010 Argento Reserva.
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