That time of year has come and gone again. The time that every football fan loves and hates. Loves, because the Super Bowl is upon us, and hates, because it’s the last game of the year. Everyone has a different level of interest in the game. If either team happens to be the team you root for, then you will likely be glued to the television. If you’re just a fan, you’ll be interested, but more so for the final outcome, that may result in you winning a bet or the office pool. Then there’s the casual fans, who actually may be more interested in the commercials that air during the game, than the game itself.
This year, over 111 million people watched the Super Bowl, and a large percentage of that number watched the game at a party or with a group of people. With that in mind, let’s look at a wine that’ll work for your parties right up until the next Super Bowl.
There are so many ways to go, but keeping it simple works best, especially if you’ll be watching a game. Serve yourself. Grab a beer or a slice of pizza. Take a piece of that big sandwich in the corner of the room or pile some nachos on a plate. Whatever your food of choice for your party, there is a versatile wine for the occasion, one that is well rounded, compatible with a number of different foods, and not too complex for the room.
Riesling is a semi-sweet, sometimes dry white varietal that originated in Germany. It is enjoying great success right now, because winemakers are producing fruity, flavorful, easy to drink wines that please a large segment of the wine market. Ideally grown in cooler climates, Riesling has become a popular grape to grow in the Pacific Northwest, specifically Washington state, where the cooler climate has become perfect for crafting a great, affordable product.
Charles Smith, a former rock band manager and self taught winemaker, has been making high quality wines for a little over 10 years. He’s received numerous awards in that time, including Winery of the Year from a major publication in 2009. His goal is to make straightforward flavorful wines that the consumer can drink now. Packaged in eye catching bottles, Kung Fu Girl Riesling is such a product. Opening with Riesling’s trademark pungent aromas, one gets notes of apple, peach, and apricot. With nice acidity, there are flavors of apple, peach, and citrus, and a nice long finish with some minerality.
Found online from $8.99-$16.99, Kung Fu Girl Riesling will satisfy and pair well with whatever your menu might be this Super Bowl. From chicken wings and other bbq fare to spicy foods, seafood or just pizza, this wine’s versatility is excellent. (And it just happens to be a coincidence that this wine is produced in the same state that gave us this year’s Super Bowl winners.)