How to Make Your Sunday Sipping Even More Super
I consider myself qualified to write about many subjects involving the drink, but at first I thought that asking me to write an article about the Super Bowl is the equivalent of requesting I install the engine of a Ferrari. What to drink during the Big Game? My immediate answer is something dark and stirred at a quiet bar with no television in sight. But that doesn’t help you very much, does it?
Kidding aside, I do watch it on occasion, and know there are some certainties involved: Two teams from opposing cities, fans who have passionate allegiance to one of said teams, loud excitement over a random score that might have just earned someone hundreds of dollars in a pub pool (despondency can be just as loud), big budget commercials that have little or nothing to do with the product or service being sold, an overblown musical interlude that may or may not involve a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it bit of good-natured naughtiness and tons of binge-tastic snacking. Ok. I have some things I can work with here.
This year it’s the Seattle Seahawks vs. the Denver Broncos. Perfect. Seattle is in Washington State - home to a plethora of approachable, crowd-friendly wines. Denver is in the state of Colorado - home to top notch distilleries. Both states produce some great craft brews. And the Bowl is being held at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ, so you can play a fun drinking game every time they pan on embattled Gov. Chris Christie. I say let the game begin!
Breckenridge distillery (Colorado distillery of the Year in the 2013 NY International Spirits Competition) makes three basic products that are perfect for any viewing party - Bourbon, Vodka and Bitters. Throw in some Roundhouse Gin (another competition medalist) and you’re pretty set with a workable DIY party bar. Place the spirits on a table with some ice, fresh squeezed lemon juice, simple syrup, tonic, fizzy water, sweet and dry Vermouth, an orange with a peeler (for fresh twists as garnishes or muddled into Old Fashioneds), lemons, limes and maybe some cocktail cherries.
This is also probably a good time to open the wines. Hedges Family Estate CMS Red 2011 and Nodland Cellars Bad Attitude 2009 are juicy red blends that will match perfectly with most cheeses, chips, dips, deli meats and all the fixings, also that emergency halftime pizza delivery. (Both wineries are winners in the NY International Wine Competition.) For an equally versatile single varietal red with elegant spice notes, try Monde Eau Syrah 2011. With hot wings, nothing beats Charles Smith Kung Fu Girl Riesling. It’s off dry, with a roundhouse kick of mineral balance to stand up to the heat and sweetness of even the most atomic of sauces.
Pop open some brews! Here are a few lighter suggestions that can last you through the game.
Bruno Mars and special guests - the Red Hot Chili Peppers? (Won’t it be too cold for a band that’s essentially allergic to upper body wear?) Great time to take a Twitter break to read the snarky commentary, and get yourself some whiskey! If you want to stay in the Colorado theme, aside from the Breckenridge Bourbon, there’s Stranahan’s Straight Rocky Mountain Whiskey and Colorado Gold Bourbon. Or if not in the Colorado mind set, you can’t go wrong with some Pritchard’s Double Barrel Bourbon. Although this act might require special Tequila reinforcement. Tequila Ocho Reposado - no unnecessary roughness there.
Touchdown! We have a winner! Finally!
Do people drink sparkling wine with football? In my house they would. Woo-hoo any excuse to break open the bubbly! Whatever the outcome of the game, Domaine St. Michelle Brut from Washington State is a terrific American sparkler that would also be perfect for that previously mentioned cocktail buffet setup to sip throughout the game.
Alright, who am I kidding? I gave up after the first quarter and three talking baby commercials and stuck with the Puppy Bowl.
Have fun and drink well on Sunday, everyone! Cheers!