Football Watching Wines for Bowl Season



By John ~ December 16th, 2008.

20081216_rosebowlThis Saturday, December 20, is the beginning of the annual college football marathon, 34 games in 19 days culminating in the BCS National Championship Game in Miami on January 8. Those of us football fanatics are stocking up on our manly fare of burgers, chili, pizza, brats, chips, salsa, and cheese. Now we need some wine. After all, we do want to show a little sophistication.

When I think football, I’m thinking leather, dirt, locker rooms, and sweat, so I’m looking for some good inexpensive wines that will give me a little of that football feeling and that will hold up to this crazy diet. Several wines that immediately come to mind are:

  • 2004 Penfolds Koonunga Hill Shiraz-Cabernet  (Australia), approx $8
  • 2006 Calina Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva (Chile), approx. $8
  • 2006 Atlas Cumbres Malbec (Argentina), approx $10
  • 2005 Columbia Crest Two Vines Shiraz (Washington), approx  $7

With 34 games, you’ll want to buy these by the case and save another 10-15%. Since I’m sure that you expect your teams to win, just as I do, you’ll also want to stock up on some bubbly to celebrate after the game. A couple of good inexpensive sparkling wines to consider are:

  • Domaine Ste. Michelle Blanc de Noirs (Washington), approx $9
  • Freixenet Cordon Negro Brut Cava (Spain), approx $8

To make bowl season even more interesting, the Wine Peeps have decided to host a contest. Leave a comment below with your picks for the following 12 bowl games (one game for each bottle of wine in that case you’re going to buy) before Saturday, December 20, at 11am EST. The reader with the most correct picks wins a Vinturi Essential Wine Aerator.

In the event of a tie, the tiebreaker goes to the reader who correctly picks the winner of the National Championship game followed by who submits their picks first.

All times Eastern
Pioneer Las Vegas (12/20, 8pm, ESPN): BYU vs. Arizona
San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia (12/23, 8pm, ESPN): Boise State vs. TCU
Emerald (12/27, 8pm, ESPN): Miami (FL) vs. California
Valero Alamo (12/29, 8pm, ESPN): Missouri vs. Northwestern
Pacific Life Holiday (12/30, 8pm, ESPN): Oklahoma State vs. Oregon
Brut Sun (12/31, 2pm, CBS): Oregon State vs. Pittsburgh
Rose Bowl Game Presented by Citi (1/1, 4:30pm, ABC): Penn State vs. USC
FedEx Orange (1/1, 8:30pm, FOX): Cincinnati vs. Virginia Tech
AT&T Cotton (1/2, 2pm, FOX): Ole Miss vs. Texas Tech
Allstate Sugar (1/2, 8pm, FOX): Utah vs. Alabama
Tostitos Fiesta (1/5, 8pm, FOX): Ohio State vs. Texas
FedEx BCS National Championship Game (1/8, 8pm, FOX): Florida vs. Oklahoma


Filed under: American Wine, Argentine Wine, Australian Wine, Chilean Wine, Contest, Malbec, Red Wine, Shiraz/Syrah, Spanish Wine, Sparkling Wine, Washington State Wine

Reader's Comments

  1. John | December 16th, 2008 at 3:15 pm

    To start the ball rolling, let me give you my bowl game picks:
    BYU
    Boise State
    Cal
    Missouri
    Oklahoma State
    Pittsburgh
    USC
    Virginia Tech
    Texas Tech
    Alabama
    Texas
    Oklahoma

  2. Paul Zitarelli | December 16th, 2008 at 10:37 pm

    BYU
    Boise State
    California
    Missouri
    Oklahoma State
    Oregon State
    USC
    Virginia Tech
    Texas Tech
    Alabama
    Texas
    Florida

  3. Mark Yetman | December 17th, 2008 at 8:04 am

    BYU
    Boise State
    Cal
    Missouri
    Oklahoma State
    Pittsburgh
    Penn State
    Virginia Tech
    Texas Tech
    Alabama
    Texas
    Florida

  4. Suzen | December 18th, 2008 at 1:40 pm

    Whoa, I might not wait to see if I win before I get the Vinturi!
    With fingers crossed, Here goes…
    Pioneer = BYU
    Pointsettia = TCU
    Emerald = Miami
    Alamo = Missouri
    Holiday = Oregon
    Sun = Oregon State
    Rose = USC
    Orange = V Tech
    Cotton = Texas Tech
    Sugar = Alabama
    Fiesta = Texas
    BSC Championship = Florida

  5. dhonig | December 18th, 2008 at 2:37 pm

    Pioneer Las Vegas (12/20, 8pm, ESPN): BYU vs. Arizona- BYU

    San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia (12/23, 8pm, ESPN): Boise State vs. TCU- TCU

    Emerald (12/27, 8pm, ESPN): Miami (FL) vs. California- Miami

    Valero Alamo (12/29, 8pm, ESPN): Missouri vs. Northwestern- Missouri

    Pacific Life Holiday (12/30, 8pm, ESPN): Oklahoma State vs. Oregon- Oklahoma State

    Brut Sun (12/31, 2pm, CBS): Oregon State vs. Pittsburgh- Oregon State

    Rose Bowl Game Presented by Citi (1/1, 4:30pm, ABC): Penn State vs. USC- USC

    FedEx Orange (1/1, 8:30pm, FOX): Cincinnati vs. Virginia Tech- Virginia Tech

    AT&T Cotton (1/2, 2pm, FOX): Ole Miss vs. Texas Tech- Ole Miss

    Allstate Sugar (1/2, 8pm, FOX): Utah vs. Alabama- ‘Bama

    Tostitos Fiesta (1/5, 8pm, FOX): Ohio State vs. Texas- Texas

    FedEx BCS National Championship Game (1/8, 8pm, FOX): Florida vs. Oklahoma- The Mighty Gators

  6. Kyle Marley | December 19th, 2008 at 8:24 am

    Arizona
    TCU
    Cal
    Missouri
    Oklahoma State
    Oregon State
    USC
    Texas Tech
    Alabama
    Texas
    Oklahoma

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