Cheers to Tailgating!

September 26, 2013

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The onset of Fall means many things, but few are as anticipated as football season. Tried and true fans will agree that cheering on your favorite team begins long before kick-off. The parking lot is as steeped in tradition as the stadium itself. That’s right, it’s time for tailgating!

Most often beer is the go-to adult beverage for tailgating, but wine offers a great option for taking your tailgate to the next level. Whether you prefer the classics or get really creative with the menu, there is a Missouri wine that can compliment your menu in exciting and perhaps unexpected ways.

Burgers are a staple at most tailgates, but everyone makes them a little differently. Choose your wine with what’s on top, rather than the burger itself. So, for example if you prefer to top your burger with sharp cheddar, tomatoes, pickles and ketchup, it would pair well with a light, refreshing Chambourcin Rosé. If you lean a little more toward the gourmet with blue cheese, caramelized onions and mayo, pair with a bold Norton, known for jammy fruit flavors.

Bratwursts are another popular item found grilling and smelling delicious around the stadium. Pair with a semi-sweet Traminette for a delicious match with German roots.

If you’re more interested in the snacks than the main dish, consider pairing with your favorite dip or side. A crisp Vidal Blanc stands up nicely to the richness of guacamole. A pasta salad with juicy tomatoes and herbs pairs well with the notes of citrus in Vignoles.

Whatever you choose to fill your plate with, fill your glass with a delicious Missouri wine to match and support your local wineries while cheering on your local team! Missouri wine pairs well with tailgates.