Jessica Altieri

Wine Lifestyle Expert

March Madness 2017 Winning Wine Pairings

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Author: Jessica Altieri | Wine Channel TV Media

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As a former NCAA Hooper, I’ve loved sports my whole life.

March Madness and game day pairings featured big, bold Cabernets with Italian Beef or Grilled Italian Sausages for hoops fanatics, and a smooth crisp Sauvignon Blanc for party fanatics.

March Madness calls for stepping up your pregame meal options, I’m talking pulled pork sandwiches, buffalo wings with Stone Arrogant Bastard Chipotle BBQ sauce, gourmet fries(garlic parmesan please!) and beer battered fish tacos…Just add some Malbec to go with the Pork and a nice refreshing Riesling to contrast those spicy wings, and let the pre-game NCAA March Madness wine lifestyle begin!

Looking for something to pair with those cheese balls? Try a nice creamy Chardonnay. A vibrant Sauv Blanc would be killer with your veggie tray, like the St. Supery 2015 Dollarhide Estate Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc. Rock a zesty Zin like Rock Wall Wine Company Harris Kratka 2010 with your homemade chili or Sloppy Joes.

And don’t forget to bust out the bubbly with your Fried Chicken and fries…Fried foods and sparkling wine are a match made in heaven. And, of course, that bubbly can be used for mimosas the morning after…#Winning …

Wine Picks Under $50:

Rock Wall Wine Company 2010 Zinfandel Harris Kratka Vineyard ($40)

Masottina Brut, Prosecco di Conegliano-Valdobbiadene Superiore DOCG, ($11.99)

Ferrari Perle 2007 ($37.99)

Dr. Konstantin Frank Dry Riesling 2014 ($15)

St. Supery 2015 Dollarhide Estate Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc ($35)