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8 Best Snack and Wine Pairings for the Big Game

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The big game is just around the corner, and whether your team made it to the final game of this 2021-2022 football season or not, it’s still a great opportunity to honor the great American tradition of game day snacking. Whether you’re a buffalo wings or buffalo cauliflower kind of household, we collected some great Super Bowl snack recipes – complete with wine pairings, of course.

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8 Snack Recipes and Wine Pairings for the Big Game

Now, let’s skip to the good part. Browse eight of our favorite snacks complete with suggested recipes and wine pairings for game day. These recommendations are courtesy of our resident sommelier, William Rohlfing.

1. Chicken wings with Chardonnay

Are you a buffalo or BBQ kind of wing person? Either way, our top choice for wings is an crisp Chardonnay with refreshing fruit, citrus, and mineral notes. Our wings recipe is compliments of our friend Skyler Bouchard of Dining with Skyler – the gold dust is optional. In a close second place, we also love this air fryer recipe by Erin at Platings + Pairings but, of course, you need an air fryer.

  • Our recipe pick: Gold Chicken Wings

  • Wine pairing: 2019 Kistler Sonoma Mountain Chardonnay

2. Buffalo-anything with Riesling

Buffalo chicken, buffalo dip, buffalo cauliflower – whatever your buffalo snack of choice, this spicy bite pairs best with a light Riesling. Aromas of pink grapefruit and cherry paired with its lime zest finish compliments the hot elements of the buffalo sauce perfectly. Our recipe pick for this one is a buffalo cauliflower recipe by our friend Liren Baker over at Kitchen Confidante.

3. Potato skins with Tempranillo

Now it’s time for a Platings + Pairings recipe to shine. In this recipe, Erin utilizes an Instant Pot, but you could boil potatoes the old-fashioned way too. After the potatoes are soft, you’ll boil them for 4-6 minutes, slice them in half, then fill with your favorite potato skin fillings. For wine, we recommend a Spanish red wine like Tempranillo with fig and oak notes to stand up against a fully-loaded potato skin.

4. Cheese ball with a Pinot Noir

Turn this America party food classic into a football-shaped cheese ball and you have yourself a festive snack to pair with crunchy crackers, fluffy bread, or crispy veggies. Draw the football’s laces with Sriracha or pretzel sticks to take things up a notch. Our wine pick for a cheesy appetizer is a California Pinot Noir. Not into reds? You could try a Pinot Blanc.

5. Spinach artichoke dip with Aligoté

For this classic Super Bowl snack, we went healthy by swapping mayo for Greek yogurt and opting for low-fat cheeses – but, don’t fret, no flavor was sacrificed in the decision-making process. Try this delicious spinach and artichoke dip with an apple, honeycomb, and floral Aligoté.

6. Pizza with Brunello

If you’re the first to admit that you’re not a whiz in the kitchen, maybe takeout pizza is on your Super Bowl menu. We recommend pairing pizza with an Italian wine like this Brunello. It’s classically Italian flavors of cherry, roasted tomato, sweet balsamic, oregano, and espresso won’t get lost as you grab slice after slice.

  • Our recipe pick: Your favorite takeout spot

  • Wine pairing: 2016 Collosorbo Brunello di Montalcino

7. Guacamole with French Crémant

This guacamole recipe by Lisa Bryan of Downshiftology has only 5-stars – nothing less. We reckon it’s because it contains the perfect balance of avocado, onion, garlic, tomato, lime, cilantro, and Jalapeño. Each ingredient must be diced small so that you get a little bit over everything in each bite. We recommend pairing this Super Bowl staple with this sparkling wine from Crémant de Bourgogne. This French Crémant has notes of citrus like lemon and fruit pear to compliment the spice and lime in this guac.

  • Our recipe pick: Best Ever Guacamole

  • Wine pairing: Le Domaine d'Édouard Crémant de Bourgogne Les Collines De Vaux

8. Pigs in a blanket with a red blend

Pigs in a blanket – what a classically American dish. If you’re looking for a slightly healthier option, this Paleo recipe from What Great Grandma Ate won’t disappoint. This Super Bowl snack is best paired with a red blend like this one from Jérôme Gradassi. It's earthy, oaky, and boasting with bold red fruits – a perfect match for this snack.

We know we missed some (e.g. Jalepeño poppers, seven-layer dip, hummus), so don’t hesitate to share your favorites with us on social media.

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