Tailgating Wines

The wait is over: football season is in full swing. While tailgating and beer usually go hand in hand, a glass of wine is a great way to enjoy a football game on a weekend afternoon. Here are a few suggestions for what to sip on game day:

A Hot, Humid Day Game: For a wine to serve cool, with refreshing acidity and zesty citrus flavors, try this NAVARRO Riesling non-vintage (Anderson Valley, Calif.), available here for $12.

A Cold, Snowy Game: Whether it's the frozen tundra of Lambeau or a surprise snow in the South, a TERRE ROUGE "Easton" Zinfandel 2010 (Amador County, Calif.) is sure to warm you up with its dark fruit flavors, available here for $13.

Patriot vs. Jets: This rivalry, renewed twice annually, features two coaches and teams with no love lost between them. With sour apples and zesty tang, a VINA CASA SILVA Coleccion Sauvignon Blanc 2011 (Colchagua Valley, Chile) captures the essence of this rivalry. Available here for $12.

Ohio State vs. Michigan: One of the oldest and fiercest rivalries in all of sports, this is the definition of a cutthroat feud. Sip a POGGIO NARDONE "Rivus" Sangiovese Grosso 2010 (Tuscany, Italy), available here for $16. Sangiovese means blood of Jove, and this smoky and dense wine is sure to get your competitive juices flowing.

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