The Super Bowl has earned a reputation as a premier beer-drinking occasion, but there's no reason you have to suffer through cheap brews if what you really want to drink is wine. As it turns out, wine pairs beautifully with most classic Super Bowl snacks, from spicy hot wings and creamy guacamole to cheesy pizza. Don't believe us? We tapped advanced sommelier Danielle Françoise Fournier, owner of a boutique wine consulting company called DFF Wine, to share some Super Bowl wine pairings that will take your game day snacks to the next level. Now you can sip on exactly what you want to this weekend. Cheers!
Champagne + Fried Chicken
If you're not a fan of beer but you want to sip on a bubbly beverage, opt for champagne to pair with your game-day snacks, suggests Françoise Fournier. "The effervescence of champagne is a great textural element to play with, pairing well with the crunchy skin of the fried chicken wings," she explains.
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Sparkling Wine + Spicy Chicken Wings
Don't let champagne's price tag keep you from popping a bottle of bubbly on Super Bowl Sunday. "Made from chenin blanc, sparkling Vouvray is a nice alternative to champagne, providing similar richness and depth of flavor at a fraction of the cost," she recommends. "In addition to sparkling wine being a great match for fried food, the slight honeyed sweetness in the wine helps mellow the spiciness of the wings."
Try this spicy hot wings recipe.
Pétillant Naturel + Guacamole
Deemed "champagne's quirky-cool kid sister" by Bon Appétit, pétillant naturel (or pét-nat for short) is the sparkling wine you should be sipping this Super Bowl Sunday, especially if you're serving a spread of decadent dips. "A slightly fizzy and bright pét-nat is perfect to cut through rich and creamy dips like guacamole," advises Françoise Fournier.
Try this low-calorie guacamole recipe.
Rosé + Pigs in a Blanket
It may not be sunny outside, but that doesn't mean you need to stop drinking rosé (we've always thought the beverage was bigger than summer anyway). "Bright, juicy rosé is a snappy match for the meatiness of pigs in a blanket or a hot dog—especially one slathered in sweet ketchup," says Françoise Fournier.
Try this pretzel-wrapped pigs-in-a-blanket recipe.
Gamay + Nachos
If you're skeptical about pairing a red wine with your game-day snacks, let Françoise Fournier persuade you. "Light-bodied, fruity, and fresh with minimal tannins, gamay is a versatile red," explains Françoise Fournier. "Make nachos with virtually any topping—chicken, black beans, cheese, and a few hot peppers—and serve alongside a chilled gamay."
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Grüner Veltliner + Sausage
Firing up the grill? If you're making sausages, swap your cold brew for a grüner veltliner. "A crisp white from Austria, grüner veltliner has an herbal and peppery edge that is a wonderful counterbalance to rich, salty sausages and charcuterie," recommends Françoise Fournier.
Dolcetto + Pizza
Pizza is always a crowd-pleaser on game day. If it's on the menu for Super Bowl, you're in luck because pizza and wine are meant to be paired together. Specifically, a light wine like dolcetto. "An everyday wine in its home of Piedmont, dolcetto is a rustic, earthy red that pairs best with simple, straightforward food like pizza," says Françoise Fournier.
This story was originally published on February 2, 2016, and has since been updated.