Wines for Super Bowl, Valentine's Day

February 1, 2008 12:43:16 PM PST
Tanya Hart, owner of Tanya Hart's Taste of Vino, visits ABC7 Chicago.

Tanya Hart's Taste of Vino

24 West Chicago Avenue, Hinsdale, IL

(630) 325-8466

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$15-and-Under Wines Perfect for Super Bowl Sunday

What are the best wines under $15 to accompany often-spicy Super Bowl Sunday fare, from Buffalo chicken wings to chili to take-out pizza?

We may not know if the Giants or the Patriots will win, but we can start the planning now for a winning party, without breaking the bank!

Superbowl doesn't always have to mean beer, and, although you may be serving the standard fare of wings, chili and pizza, you don't have to treat this Sunday like any other Super Bowl Sunday, how about busting out the wine and some other fan favorites? Wine can always play a part when you gather your friends around the TV to watch football, so we've put together a list of inexpensive, food-friendly bottlings that match well with pretty much anything you might serve up before kickoff.

If you want to spice things up a bit and take a break from the usual Super Bowl fare, we found some solid, tasty party favorites that are a little more unusual, but still mix well when it comes to piling up your plate and draining your glass.

May the best team win!

Chicken Wings?its all about the spice man!!

Balthasaar Ress, Riesling Kabinett, Germany - $13.99

Fruity to cut spice, but not sickly sweet. Refreshing and crisp?perfect!

Pillar Box Red ? Cab, Merlot, Shiraz blend, Australia - $12.99

Rich, spicy jammy fruit to cut spice.


Mama mia?gotta have an Italian red wine for this one!

Polago, Barberani ? Sangiovese blend, perfect for pizza - $16.99

Willamette Pinot Gris, dry crisp, refreshing from Oregon - $14.99

Chili - beans, beans?good for the heart?.

Ok, if you use beans or zup em up with beef or turkey?gotta have big rich fruit forward wines?

Jim Jim Shiraz?its round, soft and jammy?just perfect for Chili - $9.99 (such a deal!)

Murphy's Law White from Washington State - $14.99 ? its got the kitchen sink in it as far as grapes go, but those bold flavors with lots of fruit work great with strong flavors in chili.

Sophisticated Wines for Valentines Day

We have taken the guesswork out of finding and buying wines for the one you love on Valentines Day. Tanya Hart of Taste of Vino has carefully selected wines that the sophisticated wine drinkers and wine drinkers just like you will enjoy and love.

Gotta start with a sparkler?.Soligo Proseco from Italy - $14.99

Inexpensive and fabulous -

2005 Domaine Paquet Macon Fuisse- Burgundy France - $17.99

2006 Grayson Cellars Pinot Noir, Central Coast CA ? 13.99

Mid price range and fabulous

2005 Landmark Chardonnay, California - $28.99

2006 Quarterback Red ? shiraz, merlot, cabernet, Grenache blend- McLaren Vale,

Australia - $24.99

Splurge and fabulous

2005 Chateau Maltroye Chassagne Montrachet, Burgundy France - $59.99

2005 Philip Melka 'CJ' Cabernet Sauvignon,Napa CA - $52.99

Accompaniments for the wine

Wonderful mouthwatering chocolates, Red Roses and cupid hearts strewn between bottles