If you're first and foremost a WINE drinker like myself...here are some perfect pairings for your Super Bowl bash!
Nachos: No shocker here...I find a great dry rose is a super match with lots of Mexican cuisine. One to try: Tuck Beckstoffer's HOGWASH.
Pizza: Barber'a D'Asti. Barbera is such a smooth and food-friendly wine...WAY better with pizza than an ubiquitous Chi-Aunt-I. You want a wine with relatively soft tannins, as heavily tannic wines will make your tomato sauce taste like you're licking metal..not good. One to try: Michele Chiarlo Barbera D'Asti Le Orme.
Buffalo Chicken Wings: No matter the level of heat in your wings, you need to sip a wine that has a SOFT touch of sweetness. Plus--it needs to pair with Bleu Cheese Dip as well. One to try: Ferrari-Carano Bella Luce....a faint whisper of Muscat provides the necessary hint of sweetness and it matches REALLY well with bleu cheese.
Guacamole: I love a great tequila as much as the next girl..but if you'd like a wine to sip with your guac...try an offbeat, relatively fatty white from Italy. One to try: Taburni Domus Greco di Tufo..it's also organic which may or MAY not help with your hangover the next day...the jury is out on that.
Chili: Several ways to go on this one...White Chicken Chili with just a touch of spice calls for a nice Pinot Gris, like "J" from California. Beef Chili whether traditional or Cincinnati-style (which I adore) really wants a red. Shiraz has a tendency toward the slightly spicy anyway and LOVES beef. One to try: First Drop "Mother's Milk" Barossa Shiraz.
Pulled Pork Sliders: Again...a lot depends on the sauce and level of spice! We are preparing OURS with a maple and bacon rub...and our sauce also has notes of bacon, maple and bourbon. Tough one! I actually like big fatty Chard with my pulled pork. One to try: Carr Sonoma Coast Chardonnay. If you must have red, though...go with one that has hints of smokiness in it as well. Carmenere fits this bill nicely. One to try: 1865 Carmenere Single Vineyard.
Enjoy your Super Bowl festivities!!!