Of all the drinks we've recommended for the Super Bowl — beer, cocktails, shots — there's always someone who needs a glass of wine at the party. But why go for the bubbles instead of your regular wine?
Well, there's more of a reason than just to celebrate your team's win (or mourn your team's loss) — sparkling wines and champagnes are the perfect pairing for fried foods. Don't believe us? Wine Enthusiast explains that it's all about the salt: "Sparkling wines are a home run with salty, fried foods. The carbonation and yeasty acids emulate beer and clean the salt from your palate, while adding more interesting textures and flavor nuances," reads the primer for food and wine pairings. So those wings and any other fried foods at the party just found a new partner in crime.
From the wine writers and sommeliers we've worked with, here are some of our favorite champagnes sparkling wines for the fried food goodness of Super Bowl Sunday:
Charles Heidsieck Brut NV
Bollinger Special Cuvee Brut NV
Mumm Napa Prestige NV
Want more wine suggestions for the Super Bowl? Learn how to pair your party foods with rieslings, sauvignon blancs, zinfandels, and syrahs.