As football season shifts into full gear, guys everywhere pack the fridge with beer, chicken wings, beer and more beer. This year, avoid the football game beer-bloat and bring a bottle of wine to game day next Sunday. And yes, wine can go with chicken wings and your five alarm chili!
Tip 1: If you’re afraid of the cork, go for screw tops.
What could disturb the mood more than a broken cork? For convenience, choose screw top wines. Despite anything you may have heard, screw top wine is not synonymous with lesser quality. Plus, these bottles are great for bringing along to the park or beach. For your next pick-up game, try a bottle of Mulderbosch Sauvignon Blanc 2013 ($17.99). Crisp and clean, with zesty notes of grapefruit and fig. Plus, it comes in a dark green glass bottle- just like some of your favorite beers.
Tip 2: Every bro’s apartment has a few good storage spaces that are suitable for keeping wine. Including your pantry.
Stick whites, rose and sparkling wines in the fridge. White wine is similar to beer—drink it as cold as possible. Find a cool, dry, dark space for your reds. We suggest thecorner pantry, right next to that 2-year old can of beans.
Tip 3: Throw your leftover wine into your next batch of Chili.
Let an unused bottle of wine sit out too long? Add leftover red to tomato sauce, chili or even use it to marinate steak., Add old white wine to your next pot of mussels. Pair that chili with a spicy, earthy red wine like the Marvelous Red Blend 2013 ($16.99) from South Africa- a blend of Syrah, Cinsaut, Mourvedre, Grenache and Viognier. Winemaker Adam Mason created this line of wines to pair easily and effortlessly with food.
Tip 4: Bordeaux blends do not have to come from France. Check out a South African version for great value.
Bordeaux blend is a terms used to describe a wine using a certain set of varietals. For red wines, the grapes include: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Malbec. Outside of France, there are some great, affordable options. We recommend the Mulderbosch Faithful Hound 2013 ($25)-a bold red blend brimming with dark fruit notes, spice, and tobacco. This bottle is a no-brainer for steak/beef pairings, but also drinks well on it’s own.
Tip 5: It’s okay for guys to drink pink.
Rosé wine has taken the country storm over the past year, and for good reason. It’s refreshing, easy to pair with food, and affordable. If you’re looking for a rosé that drinks more like a red wine, try the Mulderbosch Cabernet Sauvignon Rosé 2015 ($13.99). Produced from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon grapes that are grown specifically for rose, this wine is deep pink in color with salmon hues. Characterized by clean mineral notes and firm acidity, it makes for a refreshing compliment to hot wings and heavy snacks but is dry and substantial enough to stand up to burgers and steaks.
Tip 6: Make the guy at your local wine store your ‘best bro.’
When you go to your local wine store, don’t be afraid to ask questions. No one knows the wines better than the staff selling them!
Tip 7: Participate in wine tastings at local wine stores whenever possible.
Tastings held at wine stores are often free and they will give you an idea of what wines are currently out there on the store shelves.
Tip 8: You can drink bubbles on a budget.
Champagne is wonderful but pricey. Inexpensive sparkling wines like Prosecco (Italy) and Cava (Spain) will help stretch your budget when looking for something to toast with.
Tip 9: You drink craft beers from around the country, so try wines from around the world. Explore!
Bottles from classic regions like France and Italy are widely available, but wines from emerging regions like Greece, South Africa, and Lebanon are known for incredible value.
Tip 10: Ditch the red cups.
Now that you know how to drink wine, get a decent set of wine glasses. They don’t have to be expensive. You can even start with a practical set maybe from heavy plastic by Go Vino.