Miami Wine Columnist, Fred Tasker, gives his Super Bowl Drinks Suggestions
What to drink with Super Bowl snacks? Now, this is a challenge.
As you know, Super Bowl Sunday is the only day that’s worse than Thanksgiving for the unhealthiness of America’s eating habits. In fact, a group of nutritionists this week released a list of the Five Worst Super Bowl Party Foods in terms of health, including the Deep Dish MeatZZa Pizza from Domino’s, the Meat Pizza from Papa John’s, the Creamy Chicken Alfredo Pasta from Pizza Hut, the Tuna Melt from Quiznos and the Honey BBQ Wings from KFC.
A couple slices of the Domino’s pizza alone has 860 calories, 44 grams of fat and 2,880 milligrams of sodium – a full day’s allowance of salt.
The only thing you can drink with this is the biggest, most tannic red wine you can find – a Barolo, an Amarone, a cold-weather cabernet sauvignon – in the hope that those medical studies are right that say red wine makes the fat platelets slippery so they slide through your veins without clogging your heart.
Super Bowl is also a time for snacks that hurt – fiery Buffalo Wings cooked in fat and Louisiana Hot Sauce plus cayenne pepper plus Tabasco sauce. Your uncle’s five-alarm chili. Volcanic tacos. Foods that prove that, while you might not be man enough to play pro football, you’re by golly man enough to destroy your own stomach while watching it.
For this you need a wine with some sweetness in it to soothe your flame-broiled palate between bites. An off-dry Riesling, a semi-sweet chenin blanc. Even a sweet, red port. If you prefer beer, you could try an oatmeal stout with a big, creamy head and sweet, thick, malty flavors to help you heal.
For burgers and steaks and – I don’t know – armadillo or whatever you charcoal on the grill, you want a big, hearty, all-American red wine like zinfandel.
So you have lots of choices. But you’ll notice I didn’t mention American light beer, despite all those TV ads making the astonishing allegation that it’s “drinkable.” I presume it’s drinkable – I mean, it is liquid. But you won’t see me drinking it.