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 guacamoleВ to cheesy pizza. Don't believe us? We tapped advanced sommelier Danielle FranГ§oise Fournier,В owner ofВ a boutique wine consulting company calledВ DFF Wine,В 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 FranГ§oise 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.Broma Bakery
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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."Half Baked Harvest
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PГ©tillant Naturel + Guacamole
Deemed "champagne's quirky-cool kid sister" by Bon AppГ©tit, pГ©tillant naturel (or pГ©t-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 pГ©t-nat is perfect to cut through rich and creamy dips like guacamole," advises FranГ§oise Fournier.Broma Bakery
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RosГ© + Pigs in a Blanket
It may not be sunny outside, but that doesn't mean you need to stop drinking rosГ© (we've always thought the beverage was bigger than summer anyway). "Bright, juicy rosГ© is a snappy match for the meatiness of pigs in a blanket or a hot dog-especially one slathered in sweet ketchup," says FranГ§oise Fournier.
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Gamay + Nachos
If you're skeptical about pairing a red wine with your game-day snacks, let FranГ§oise Fournier persuade you. "Light-bodied, fruity, and fresh with minimal tannins, gamay is a versatile red," explains FranГ§oise Fournier. "Make nachos with virtually any topping-chicken, black beans, cheese, and a few hot peppers-and serve alongside a chilled gamay."A Couple Cooks
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GrГјner Veltliner + Sausage
Firing up the grill? If you're making sausages, swap your cold brew for a grГјner veltliner. "A crisp white from Austria, grГјner veltliner has an herbal and peppery edge that is a wonderful counterbalance to rich, salty sausages and charcuterie," recommends FranГ§oise Fournier.Half Baked Harvest
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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 FranГ§oise Fournier.Half Baked Harvest
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This story was originally published on February 2, 2016, and has since been updated.