Get ready to toast the biggest football game of the year, if, of course, you are a Rams or Bengals fan! Being new SoCal Californians, we are embracing the LA Rams and are ready to raise a glass to the great Matthew Stafford as he chases his hopes to win a Superbowl. But what to pair with the big game? Look no further than these game-day-ready options.
If you aren’t lucky enough to have a ticket to SoFi Stadium this weekend have no fear, you can still sip like you were there with The Paring wines. Crafted by the team behind the highly acclaimed JONATA and The Hilt wines, from young vines dotted throughout Ballard Canyon, Sta. Rita Hills, and Santa Barbara County AVAs, The Paring wines showcase the vibrant freshness of the cool climate regions, melding with ripe fruity qualities, creating consistent “refrigerated sunshine” delivering a long, even growing season. With quality with portability, The Paring wines, which include Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Rose of Pinot Noir, and more, are available in cans, or by the glass throughout SoFi stadium, or by the can or bottle for you to enjoy at home, making them the perfect game-day pairing. Pretty in pink, The Paring Rose of Pinot Noir is bright and light, layering ripe grapefruit, nectarine, and wild berry notes.
Former defensive back who played 18 seasons for the Oakland Raiders and the Green Bay Packers, Pro Football Hall of Fame player, Charles Woodson, has hung his hat on wine and spirits in his retirement, including his Central Coast-based Intercept Wine and most recently by his Woodson Bourbon. With a passion that began while playing for the Raiders and visiting Napa Valley, Woodson developed a taste for quality Cabernet Sauvignon. Enjoying bottles with teammates and friends at home and on the road brought the full appreciation into context, as great wine is meant to be shared and enjoyed together. His Intercept Wines deliver quality with a solid price point, around $20 each for the Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon and Red Blend of Petite Sirah and Zinfandel, Monterey Pinot Noir, and Arroyo Seco (Monterey) Chardonnay. Each varietally correct, juicy, fresh, and easy-going, a perfect pairing for casual football Sunday afternoons, or fancy Sunday night dinners.
If you are more interested in the half-time show vs. the actual game, feature performer, Snoop-Dogg’s 19 Crimes California Red Blend ($12) will carry you from the show through the second half with fruit-forward ease. Prefer a white wine, Snoop’s BFF, Martha Stewart, just joined in on his fun, adding 19 Crimes Martha’s Chard ($12) to the mix delivering classic California Chardonnay taste.
If you prefer spirits, you are in luck as celebrities and athletes continue to put their stamp on everything from tequila to whiskey to vodka to rum. Terry Bradshaw has his Bradshaw Bourbon; Peyton Manning has is Sweetens Cove Bourbon; Dale Ernhart, Jr. has his new venture, High Rock Vodka; but my favorite “celebrity/athlete” spirit has to be from Dwanye Johnson, and not only because we love The Rock, but mainly because his Teremana Tequilia is really good!
More of a beer fan, Hall of Fame Cowboy’s quarterback, Troy Aikman, is ready to help with his low-carb, low-cal “8” beer, naming the brand after his Dallas jersey number. Thanks for helping us keep our waistline trim, Troy.
Happy Superbowl! Go Rams! #Cheers
As a very disappointed Packers fan, I may watch for a while, but this sport really lost me a while ago. So, I will celebrate with some old movies and a good Sangiovese.
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