Football Appetizer Wine Pairings

Football season is in full swing, and these beloved appetizers deserve to be enjoyed with a bottle of wine just as much as a bottle of beer. Take your game day to the next level with our football appetizer wine pairings – perfect for tailgating with your friends, or watching your favorite team at home on the couch.


Salty Foods

Champagne and other sparkling wines are an ideal choice to drink with salty foods. The bubbles will leave your palate clean and refreshed, yet still allow the flavors of these foods to come through clearly.


Tempranillo wines, such as those from the Spanish regions of Rioja, Ribera del Duero, and Toro, will stand up to the melted cheese atop your tortilla chips, and even a bit of spicy heat.

Chili con Queso

Originally a Bordeaux grape, Malbec does exceedingly well in regions of Argentina, such as Mendoza. Hearty, meaty dishes like Chili con Queso work beautifully with the full body and dark berry flavors of Malbec.

Pigs in a Blanket

When pairing wine with pigs in a blanket, be sure to consider the dipping sauces you’ll be using. A dry Rosé wine, such as those from France’s Provence region, will be a great match, especially if mustard is involved.


The red berry flavors and high acidity of Barbera wines from Italy’s Piedmont region will work well with the tomato sauce on a classic pizza. A variety of toppings, from sausage to mushrooms, will also enhance this pairing.


Creamy hummus, alongside the orchard and tropical fruit flavors of White Burgundy or other Chardonnays, make for a perfect match. Add some roasted garlic and olive oil for even more flavor.


The citrus, stone fruit, and floral flavors of crisp Sauvignon Blanc will harmonize well with some fresh guacamole. Serve a bottle from Sancerre, Pouilly-Fumé, or New Zealand.

Charcuterie Cheese Plate

Full-bodied, tannic Sangiovese will play well off of the fat found in rich cheeses and smoked meats. Try a Chianti Classico or Brunello di Montalcino.

Veggie Tray

Clean and bright Pinot Grigio is an awesome wine to have with fresh vegetables and dip. This lighter-bodied white will complement the combination of crunchy and creamy textures.


Pinot Noir is an incredibly versatile red wine that can complement a variety of dishes – even chicken wings that pack a punch. Bottles from Burgundy, Oregon, and California are all excellent options.


So go ahead, start planning your Super Bowl Menu – it will be here before you know it! If, by chance, you’re serving popcorn as a snack as well during the game, check out our Wine & Popcorn Pairing Guide!

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