Forget Valentine’s Day: Celebrate Your Love with the Super Bowl & Finger Lakes Wine

I’m not going to do a Valentine’s Day post, because I don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day. We may open a slighty nicer bottle of wine and have steak instead of a burger for dinner, but that’s it. Also, I don’t like chocolate and nearly every fancy meal centers around the big chocolate finish.

But, the main reason I’m not celebrating Valentine’s Day is because we will have just celebrated one of our favorite holidays of the year: the Super Bowl. Honestly, it is a much more romantic holiday for us- our relationship was founded on Michigan State football and football Sundays. Here’s some throwback photos as proof:

And I’m a Patriots fan… so the Football gods have been good to me.

While other couples are planning what special gift they will give their loved one, what price fixed dinner they will go to, which romantic evening stroll they’ll take, I’m way more concerned about what type of dip we are going to make, whether we’ll have pulled pork or chili as the main dish, and if I’m going to be able to get my cat to wear his Patriots bandana.

So here’s my romantic Super Bowl plan…


Chicken Wings and Gewurztraminer

With spicy chicken, you want something that is a little fruity and has just a hint of sweetness. Instead of going for a Riesling- the classic spicy pairing, we’re going to try a Gewurztraminer. Personally, I’m not a huge fan of this varietal- it’s a little too peachy for me. But, Weis Vineyards 2016 Gewurztraminer is delicious and focuses more on the spice and citrus than it does on the peach and floral notes. It is the only Gewurztraminer I will drink… so far.

If you’re going with extra hot wings, then you may want a little more sweetness to balance out the heat. Then, I suggest Living Roots 2016 Vignoles. It’s got a pop of sweetness but a nice acidity to balance it out, and the apricot and melon notes will be fun with the chicken wings (especially if you go for a mango habanero sauce on them).

Nachos and Sauvignon Blanc

Nachos are tough because they can have a range of toppings on them, but I’m thinking basic corn tortilla chips, cheddar jack cheese, hot sauce, tomatoes, green onions and maybe some shredded chicken. I’m going with Hazlitt’s 2016 Sauvignon Blanc. It’s bold, grassy, and has some fun herbal notes that will complement the nachos.

Seven Layer Dip and Grüner Veltliner

I love seven-layer dip. I love this dip but refuse to make it. It’s the dish I always request for someone else to bring to the party, and then proceed to eat about half of it in the first quarter. With this, I’m thinking Hermann J. Weimer’s 2016 Grüner Veltliner with bright citrus, peaches and a big acidity to make the guacamole pop.

Pulled Pork and Gamay Noir

Pulled pork is our go to football dish to make. It is super easy to make- just dump a pork shoulder and cider into a crockpot for six hours and boom, pulled pork. Last time we made it, we paired it with Lemberger and it was amazing, but I want to switch it up. Instead, we’re going to go for Sheldrake Point’s 2015 Gamay Noir. It’s got cherry, blackberry, and some wonderful spice and herbaceous notes that will beef up the pork.

Celebration/Consolation and Sparkling

Napoleon Bonaparte is credited with saying that “In victory, you deserve Champagne; in defeat, you need it.” I totally agree. The Super Bowl is a fickle mistress, and you never know what you’re going to get. So we’ll be opening a bottle of Red Tail Ridge’s 2017 Pinot Noir Rosé Pet Nat, because each bottle is unique and different. As the description says “each bottle is a unique ecological riff on the juice and it’s occupants.” We’ve had a bottle that was a jammy fruity strawberry with a bright citrusy acid, and another bottle that was more rhubarb and cranberry with grippy pithy notes on the palate. You never know what you’ll get, just like the Super Bowl.


Or you could just drink beer.


Cheers, and Go Patriots!

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