Super Bowl 50 is Sunday, Feb. 7, with the Carolina Panthers’ Cam Newton facing the legendary Peyton Manning and his Denver Broncos. For me and oh-so-many of you, Super Bowl Sunday isn’t just a football game on TV. It’s a week’s worth of planning, shopping, marinating, and pairing. Super Bowl Sunday is THE day to clean the winter muck off the grill, pre-soak your wood chips, and bask in our Orange County sunshine with the TV cranked up for the whole neighborhood to hear.
Cabernet Sauvignon is a great grape varietal to pair with your barbecued beauty, be it steak, lamb, tenderloin, or short ribs. A cabernet sauvignon’s fuller body, higher tannins, yet balanced acidity will nicely enhance your grilled meat and sides. Washington State has a bevy of stars on it map for its cabernet sauvignon AVAs like Horse Heaven Hills, Red Mountain, and Walla Walla luring even famous former quarterbacks into the wine business.
Doubleback Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla
– Former New England Patriots Quarterback Drew Bledsoe returned to his home state of Washington and the distinct Walla Walla Valley to launch this Doubleback Brand, earning upwards of 95 point ratings on his wine
– Typically $90-$100
Delille Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Four Flags
– I had the pleasure of experiencing DeLille Cellars at its tasting room in Woodinville, Wash., just outside of Seattle. My socks were blown off on the complexity and elegance of each taste.
– Typically $55-$65
Columbia Crest Horse Heaven Hills H3 Cabernet Sauvignon
– A 91-point rated wine for around $10? YES! Typically $10-$15
– The perfect wine to take as a host gift to your friend’s Super Bowl party, or purchase a case and share a bottle each time your team scores.