Wine and Football: An Unlikely, but Must-Try, Match
The Super Bowl is coming up on February 7, and sadly, as usual, my team won’t be in it. Raised an Oilers fan (Luv Ya’, Blue!) and relegated to being a Texans fan when my team moved to Tennessee, I’m used to losing. Well actually, I’m used to watching my team look good for about five games and then losing.
I come from a long line of college football fans. I vividly recall my maternal grandmother shouting at the Oklahoma Sooners to get their act together. And boy, did she detest Notre Dame. My paternal grandparents were no less enthusiastic in their support of the Sooners (after all, my dad played football at OU). They were just much quieter about it. My immediate family spent every New Years Day at my parents’ closest friends’ house watching the Sooners play. I ended up at the University of Texas, and a great family rivalry began.
It was my dad who got me into Oilers football…and taught me to detest the Pittsburg Steelers. I have a very vivid memory of the Oilers making the playoffs one year and playing the Steelers. My dad sat down to watch the game and told my brother not to do anything that would require a trip to the hospital while the game was on. Long story short, an hour later, he was sitting with me in the ER fuming about not being able to see the second half of the game.
It’s safe to say that I was raised on football. I threw oranges on the field when the Sooners and the Huskers played. I understood the plays, could identify the wishbone formation, and could criticize a coach’s call with ease. I hated Terry Bradshaw (but love him now) and had a mean, schoolgirl crush on Dan Pastorini (surely I’m not the only one who remembers his cameo on Fantasy Island?).
All of this is to say that I love all things football. I love football weather. I love football stadiums. I love the sound of a football game in the background as I cook. I love the Hail Marys and the interceptions. And I love the Super Bowl. Over the years, the Super Bowl has become a little less about the game and little more about all the things surrounding it (the ads, the halftime show), but it’s still a great game and a good reason to gather with others for some friendly rivalry.
This year may look a little different, but the game is still on. And while you may or may not be gathering to watch the game with others, if you’re planning on watching the game, you’re also probably thinking about what you’re going to eat and drink during it. And if you’re a wine drinker, you probably have some questions about what to pair with Chex Mix and French onion dip.
Here at TWC, we’re seeking answers to those very questions, too. That’s why we’re hosting a Super Bowl snacks and wine pairing on Saturday, January 30. While space is limited and reservations are required, we have some spots still available at 11:00 and 4:00. Come sample some great wines (including our newest rosé made by McPherson Cellars and chosen by our in-house team during a blind tasting) and enjoy tasty treats made by our very own Chef Amber.
Which wine should you pair with pretzels and mustard? Is there a red that goes particularly well with nachos? Wear your favorite team jersey and join us on Saturday to find out! For more information and to reserve your spot, go to our Calendar at www.fourpointwine.com or call 830-997-7470. Don’t miss the football fun!