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!
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.
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.
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.
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 |
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.
Pre Game Warm-ups:
- Sausage Balls by My Catholic Kitchen
- Edamame Hummus by Girl in the Little Red Kitchen
- Slow Cooker Rueben Dip by The Meltaways
- Buffalo Wing Hummus by Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
- Smokey Guacamole with Bacon by Family Spice
- Pepperoni & Mozzarella Pull Apart by In the Kitchen with KP
- Boneless Honey BBQ Chicken Wings by Juanita’s Cocina
- Candied Pecans by From Fast Food to Fresh Food
- Crispy Coconut Chicken Strips with Sweet Chili Sauce by Crispy Bits & Burnt Ends
- Swabian Mini Meatballs (Schwaebische Mini Fleischkuechle) by Galactosemia in PDX
- Joe Montana’s Touchdown Guacamole by Noshing with the Nolands
- Cheddar Cheese Jalapeno Bites by Mama.Mommy.Mom.
- Hot & Spicy Popcorn Chicken by My Trials in the Kitchen
- Bacon Wrapped Chicken Bites by Family Foodie
- Soft Pretzels with Spicy Beer Cheese Sauce by girlichef
- Game Day Loaded Nachos by The Messy Baker
- Buffalo Chicken Dip by Home Cooking Memories
- Southwestern Spring Rolls by Supper for a Steal
- Pepperoni Pizza Puffs by Comfy Cuisine
- Roasted Garlic Bacon Dip with Easy Homemade Tortilla Chips by Daily Dish Recipes
- Beer Battered Spiced Sweet Potato Lentil Fritters by Sue’s Nutrition Buzz
- Indian Spiced Chicken Meatballs by Soni’s Food for Thought
- Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers by Real Best Recipe
On the Sidelines:
- Anne’s Best Potato Salad with Bacon and Peas by Webicurean
- Simple Roasted Purple Potatoes by Ruffles and Truffles
- Spicy BBQ Baked Beans by Bobbi’s Kozy Kitchen
- Papa’s Potato Salad & Baked Beans by Kwistin’s Favorites
- Gluten Free Breakfast Sandwich by Cooking Underwriter
- Pollo Adobado con Papas (Adobo Chicken with Potatoes) by La Cocina de Leslie
- Poor Man’s Burrito by Shockingly Delicious
- Ham and Mushroom Handpies by Vintage Kitchen Notes
- Individual Muffuletta Sandwiches by Magnolia Days
- Far East Steak Salad by Diabetic Foodie
- Italian Sloppy Joes by The Weekend Gourmet
- Hot Chicken Chili by Momma’s Meals
- Louisiana Sloppy Joes by Sustainable Dad
- Hawaiian Chicken Wraps by Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
- Grandpa Sal’s Sausage and Peppers by Daddy Knows Less
- Fancy Filet Chili by I Run for Wine
- Homemade Italian Sausage by The Little Ferraro Kitchen
- Jalapeno Crockpot Chili by Mama’s Blissful Bites
- Flavorful Fall Marinade by Midlife Road Trip
- Moose Chili by Mrs. Mama Hen
- Peanut Butter-Stuffed Chocolate Cookies by Chocolate Moosey
- Streusel Topped Pumpkin Bread by That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Zucchini Cupcakes by In the Kitchen with Audrey
- Oven-Baked Churros by Small Wallet Big Appetite
- Swirl Nutella Cupcakes by Basic N Delicious
- Peanut Butter and Pretzel Truffles by Gotta Get Baked
From the Cooler:
- Sparkling Tropical Lemonade by Dinners. Dishes, and Desserts
- Strawberry Horchata by Damn Delicious
- MVP Bloody Mary Bar by An Appealing Plan
- Bloody Mary Gazpacho by 30aeats
Wine Pairings by yours truly: Wine Everyday
Many thanks to Lane Richeson www.SupperForASteal.com 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.