NEW YORK - The best Super Bowl party I've ever attended (2011, Giants won) featured slow-roasted suckling pig pork buns paired with Krug Grande Cuvée and assorted American Pinot Noir and Napa Cabernets. It was a flawless pairing.

On a day usually reserved for beer, and lots of it, Krug seems bold but the idea of something cold and effervescent, other than small batch I.P.A's, is a great idea for aperitifs and bites before kickoff. American bubbly offers quality, terrific value and is an excellent palate cleanser, while all-American Sauvignon Blanc and leaner Chardonnay are the wine defensive line for whatever chips, wings, dips and sauces are served before the main course.


SPARKLING

 


Ridge Santa Cruz Chardonnay 2011
$47.95 (Santa Cruz, CA).


CHARDONNAY

SAUVIGNON BLANC

For the burgers, brisket sandwiches, chicken wings and the Bruno Mars/Red Hot Chili Peppers halftime show, we suggest a pairing of the fruit-rich, bold, mouth-filling and versatile American reds from our suggestions below. Some are old standbys like Dominus Napanook, while others are new surprises, such as the pure, bright Pinots of Gros Ventre:



Dominus Napanook 2008
$57.95 (Napa, CA).

 

BORDEAUX BLENDS

CABERNET SAUVIGNON

MERLOT

 


Sanford Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir 2009
$44.95 (Santa Barbara, CA).


PINOT NOIR

 

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