What comes to mind when you think of a football party? I envision a casual, sometimes rowdy gathering with snack foods, grilling, and beer. However, not all party goers and hosts want to drink beer all afternoon and evening. Some football fans would rather pop a cork than a top, or at least have the option to switch. So, for Wine Wednesday, I’ve pulled a few pigskin party wines for football season. These wines fit the bill for Southwest Florida or wherever your watch party may be.
Did I pick some of these because of the name on the label? Of course. However, they don’t just give lip service. They are much more than a name that can be used as a play on words when talking about football. These are wines that have substance and a story.
Take for instance The Footbolt Shiraz pictured on the left. Footbolt is not football but it certainly describes the speed at which some running backs and other players move…like there are bolts of lightening or energy on their feet.
This wine comes from famous Australian producer d’Arenberg. It is named after the founder’s prized racehorse. He actually sold the horse in the early 1900’s to buy the land where the winery sits. This red wine has flavors of deep dark fruit and peppery spices. It is both meaty and velvety. Good with grilled meats. In the $25 range it’s a great wine for the money
You don’t pick sub-par beer to serve or drink while you are cooking out and watching your team. Why would you do that when picking out a wine. Keep a few bottles on standby for the season. If you don’t drink them, most of them (the reds for sure) will be fine with a little extra age on them
When you turn on the tube this weekend to watch your favorite team. Add some of these sophisticated selections to your beverage offerings. Pigskin party wines for football season.