Wine for beer lovers: what to drink at a classy football affair

wine for beer loversIt’s officially football season now that Labor Day is behind us. As I get older though I’m finding myself attending more parties at which wine is the intoxicant of the hour. It seemed only wise to put together a few options of wine for beer lovers.

Barone Fini Pinot Grigio – $12
People love saisons for their fruity, spicy characteristics, but it’s really the carbonation that elevates them for me. Short of going straight to prosecco, you can’t beat a nice crisp pinot grigio. They’re busting with fresh fruit and the very crisp finish will be satisfying to the most diehard saison sipper.

The Crossings Sauvignon Blanc – $15
Pilsners are typically light but aromatic, and we finally have plenty of good options on the market. If you need to make the move to wine though, sauvignon blancs have you covered. They’re crisp yet smooth, and the aromatics of lemon blossoms, melons and a little citrus will feel right at home.

Josh Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon – $16
Cold days call for big beers, and stouts are typically the star. In the best of them, the big coffee, chocolate, fruit, or spice notes are robust but balanced, similar to what you’ll find in a cabernet sauvignon. The body is more full than a lineman at a buffet, and the juicy dark fruits with spices and oak will could keep even a Packers fan warm, making it a perfect wine for beer lovers.

The Calling Pinot Noir – $37
Those riding the IPA train are drawn in by the in-your-face hop and fruit flavors fruits and the complex aromatics. And while they’re big, they aren’t heavy like a stout. Such is the relationship between a pinot noir and a cabernet sauvignon. You get big aroumas of black cherry, vanilla, and white pepper without the full body.

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