Wine Line-Up for your Football Tailgate Table #SundaySupper

USNA March on

USNA March On
Meadowlands, NJ
October 23, 2010 Navy v. Notre Dame

Fall, the most wonderful season of all; crisp cool air, sunshine and football. I was raised on football, The New York Football Giants to be specific.  My father began taking my siblings and me to games in the early 60’s and we’ve been going ever since. But, now that I live in Annapolis, Maryland we cheer for our home team; The United Sates Naval Academy. My family’s naval roots run deep; my father, uncles, cousins and in-laws have served in the Navy, which makes cheering for the USNA football team all that more special. Tailgating at Navy games involves both pre and post game menus. Since the Midshipman march on to the field in formation, they miss out on the pre-game festivities in the parking lot. After the game though ~ watch out! Hundreds of Midshipmen invade the parking lot looking for a meal, so you better be ready with some really great food. I think we’ve done a particularly good job at our tailgates, because we still have former Midshipman, now Naval and Marine Officers, make their way back to town for a tailgate or two each season.

Now on to the Wine and Food!

To choose wine for an event where everyone is bringing a different dish is challenging. There are folks that no matter what food you serve, will only drink sweet whites, and others that only gravitate to dry reds, be prepared and bring some of each.  I was fortunate to get a sneak peak at some of the dishes featured in today’s Sunday Supper line up, they are magnificent and are well deserving of some special wine. And, please don’t forget to sample the Bloody Marys and cocktails that, along with some beer, truly round out a tailgate!

 White Wines

2010 Roland Lavantureux Petit Chablis

2010 Roland Lavantureux
Petit Chablis
100% Chardonnay

For the creamy dishes and dips:   Roland Lavantureux 2010 Petit Chablis  I know, you are saying ‘what? that’s too fancy a wine for a tailgate!’ I say ‘If you think you want an unoaked Chardonnay, choose a Chablis!’ This wine, imported by Kermit Lynch, is a very affordable and utterly quaffable wine with orange blossom aromas and a crisp clean finish, this wine is excellent and a great value around $20 | 750 ml | 100% Chardonnay | stainless steel fermentation.

2011 Big House White Wine

2011 Big House
White Wine

For the spicy dishes and for those folks that require a bit of sweetness in their wines:   2011 Big House ‘White Wine’, a blend of over 10 California white varieties, this wine has aromas of floral and fresh linen breezes, honey suckle flavors, with a slightly sweet and refreshing finish. Priced at $10 | 750 ml | really, you can’t go wrong. And, if your tailgate starts at the wee hours of the morning (as ours sometimes have) this is a great breakfast wine for pastries and fruit platters.

Red Wines

Innocent Bystander Pinot Noir

2011 Innocent Bystander
Pinot Noir
Victoria, Australia

For the chicken dishes and sandwich platters:   Innocent Bystander Pinot Noir, Victoria Australia, a remarkably affordable, well made Pinot Noir. Bright cherry fruit throughout with spice flavors that last through the finish. A great entry level Pinot Noir and priced around $15 | 750 ml | will satisfy the red wine lovers who don’t want to go too dry.

2006 Small Gully Wines

2006 Small Gully Wines
The Formula Robert’s Shiraz
Adelaine Plains, Australia

For the sloppy joes, bowls of chili and charred grilled meats that can stand up to a stronger red:   2006 Small Gully Wines ‘The Formula’ Robert’s Shiraz, Adelaide Plains, Australia. Strong aromas of tobacco and chocolate lead to a mouthful of juicy red fruits and spice on the finish. This is a crowd pleasing Aussie Shiraz that is both food friendly and great to sip on its own. I stumbled upon this at my local wine shop for $15 | 750 ml |

2006 Cosentino Winery Cabernet Sauvignon

2006 Cosentino Winery
Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa, California

For those that head straight to the dessert table: 2006 Cosentino Winery, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa County, CA. I got a sneak peak at the Peanut Butter-Stuffed Chocolate Cookies by Chocolate Moosey and one of my favorite Cabernet Sauvignon immediately popped into my head. Dark fruit, pencil shavings and tobacco elements throughout, with sturdy tannins and a sexy finish. I love this wine with chocolate! 2006 vintage  retails $40 | 750 ml | I paid under $20

Warre’s Bottled-Matured LBV Port, Portugal. Late Bottled Vintage ports are a more affordable alternative to Vintage ports, priced around $20 and ready to drink, they pair very nicely with nuts, cheese platters, bonfires and cigars.

The Lineup 

Pre Game Warm-ups:

On the Sidelines:

Main Events:


From the Cooler:

Wine Pairings by yours truly:  Wine Everyday

Many thanks to Lane Richeson for hosting today’s Sunday Supper! Join us on September 9th as we share our favorite tailgate recipes and tips. Hop on twitter at 7pm EST for the live #SundaySupper chat.


About Wine Everyday

Eileen Gross is a 1983 Graduate of Fordham University and retired Financial Professional and Founder of Phillips Charitable Foundation, Inc. Annapolis, Maryland. She is wine lover, traveler, and collector who shares her wine experiences with private wine tastings and on her blog “Wine Everyday." She is a member of the Society of Wine Educators, The Wine Century Club and a contributor the former
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55 Responses to Wine Line-Up for your Football Tailgate Table #SundaySupper

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  6. Keep working, nice post! This was the information I had to know.

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  9. I always loving seeing what you will suggest for us!

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  10. apapina says:

    I never think much about which wines go with what–thanks for your guidance on this–I’ll be able to explore some new wines with confidence!

  11. Patti says:

    Thanks for your wonderful recommendations!

  12. What a great name for a wine. Innocent bystander. I got nothing against the Giants. Eli is a good quarterback and I always liked Michael Strahan. But why is cohosting with Kelly? That one went right over my head. Anyway, thank you as always!

  13. Thanks for the wine pairings. I love reading your pairings each week. I can’t wait to try some of these wines. Happy #SS!

  14. diabeticfoodie says:

    Great information, thanks! I’m a lifelong Redskins fan, but the Giants drafted two of my Virginia Tech Hokies last year, so I want them to do well too.

  15. I can’t tell you how much I love this post. I am a self proclaimed wino and I love football. You took two of my loves and made it into one post.

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  17. You’re speaking my language – I love wine! Unfortunately, as much as I love drinking it, I don’t know much about it so I’m so glad to learn all this information from your blog.

  18. crazykwistin says:

    Thanks! Great post 🙂

  19. I really wish I had a glass of wine right now to sit back and relax with!

  20. Sheila Fretz says:

    I look forward to your weekly post because I learn so much and then am willing to try other wines out their. I know I have my favorites but it’s nice to try new ones too!

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  22. Cheers! Looking forward to trying your wine recommendations!

  23. I love wine and travel as well! Thanks for such an informative post! I am new to the group but can be found on! See you tonight at #SundaySupper!

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  26. As always, so informative! I just never know what wine to pair with what food, so your posts are such a huge help.

  27. smallwalletbigappetite says:

    I love learning more about wine pairings, it makes the wine drinking experience even better

  28. Germanpdx says:

    Wonderful wine pairings.

  29. juanitascocina says:

    I love the wine pairings! I always learn so much!

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  32. These are some great pairings! I always love getting the 4-1-1 on a new bottle I should try out!

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  34. Thanks for the great pairings, Eileen!

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  36. Thank you Eileen for this awesome Tailgating Wine Pairing! Awesome post! Thank you for being such a big part of #SundaySupper

    • Thank you Isabel! I had a hard time pairing down the wine list! So many fabulous crowd pleasing wines to choose from! The food looks outrageous! I want those chocolate peanut butter cookies!

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  42. Carol Moran says:

    Wow Eileen! This is awesome, what a great post. There is so much to take in on this post, you have set me up for a season of football tailgates! I can’t wait to start making some of these recipes and pairing them with the wines. Thank you..

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  44. Great “wine-up”…er line-up of wine for the diverse flavors on the #SS menu. The Shiraz and the Cosentino sound great. I’ll have to look for that Roland Lavantureux! Go Navy!

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  48. I’ve been wanting to try the Innocent Bystander Pinot for a while. Now you have moved it to the top of my wine to buy list. Thanks for recommending it and all the other wines for our #SundaySupper tailgating event.

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  50. Eileen, you are awesome! Thank you so much for all the hard work you put into all of these posts. I’m looking forward to finding that Big House White Wine, sounds right up my alley

  51. Interesting idea the cabernet sauvignon with the dessert. Good job with so many recipes! Have a nice sunday.

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