Wines for the Super 14

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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.

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~ by tallhorsewines on January 28, 2009.

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