Wines for the Super 14


During Super 14  season, beer and rugby almost seem synonyms. But what if you or your crowd prefer wine?

Because most foods served on Super 14 Saturdays — the usual array of chili biltong, ribs, boerewors, chips and dip — are salty I would suggests high-acid wines, such as Champagne /Sparkling Wine or sauvignon blanc.

Champagne / Sparkling Wine with potato chips goes perfectly. High-acid wine goes with salty foods because it’s going to moderate the saltiness. It’s a fantastic combination.

But be careful when it comes to chili or ribs, especially if they’re hot and spicy. Low-acid whites, such as chardonnay, or high-tannin reds, such as cabernet sauvignon, react poorly with the heat. It will override the natural flavors, and the food will end up tasting terrible

A low-tannin Rosé Wines , could moderate the heat and create a neutral pairing. ‘You don’t have to have fireworks, but you don’t want to wind up face down in the gutter.

I believe that the best bet for Super 14: anything Sparkling (Douglas Green has a lovely new sparkling wine) or a Sauvignon Blanc from SA. Pound for pound your best bet is Tall Horse Sauvignon Blanc.


~ by tallhorsewines on January 28, 2009.

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