4 Wines to Celebrate the US Open
4 Wines to Celebrate the US Open
Posted August 18, 2015
It’s that time of year: when the tennis greats battle it out on the hard courts in Flushing Meadows. Even if you’re not there to see Marin Cilic and Serena Williams defend their titles in the humid New York heat, you should pair this event with wine.
Just think of me as your Grand Slam sommelier. I promise I’ll have you like:
You may even high five your doubles partner:
Er … the person next to you on the couch.
There’s bound to be some intense competition this year—especially on the women’s side—so you’ll need a fierce wine to kick things off. The 2010 Falesco Assisi Rosso tastes great during a close match, and even better when a tiebreaker is involved. With notes of currant and plum and delightfully smooth tannins, you’ll be refilling your glass and hoping they take it to a third set.
Basically, it’s a wine worth doing the splits over.
By the way, Serena Williams—currently no. 1 in the world—is hoping to clinch the U.S. Open title to be the first player since Steffi Graf (in 1988!) to win all four Majors in the same calendar year. Of course, the other players won’t go down without a fight, including no. 2 Maria Sharapova. (Editor's Note: Sharapova withdrew on 8/30 due to injury.)
And Victoria Azarenka, a wildcard in my book—who doesn’t take herself too seriously.
While they battle it out in the later rounds, you’ll need something delicious to sip from the sidelines. How about the 2012 Bello Family Chardonnay?
A glass of this top-notch white will make your palate sing the sweet tune of vanilla bean and baked apple crisp. Is your mouth watering yet? Thought so. Pair this wine with a never-ending deuce, and you’ve got yourself some next-level tennis viewing.
On the men’s side, there will no doubt be some crazy competition, too. Last year, Roger Federer wowed the crowd with his signature tweener in his opening round match, and I can’t wait to see what he brings to the court this time around.
Like his surprise trick shot, the 2010 Luigi Bosca Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon is an elegant wine with unexpected—but fantastic—notes of pepper and asparagus. Ending a point like that is cause for celebration, so pour yourself a glass of this bad boy.
Tweener: The unicorn of trick shots. Federer: The master of finesse. 2010 Luigi Bosca Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon: The dominator of your tastebuds.
If Sauvignon Blanc is more your style, the 2014 Hubert Brochard Sancerre Les Collines Blanches is a real down-the-line winner, much like Rafael Nadal’s killer left-handed forehand. With notes of melon and zesty grapefruit, it’s fresh and crisp like a well-practiced swing or a sip of Gatorade during a fifth set changeover.
Basically, it’s fist pump-worthy.
No. 1 Novak Djokovic seems to agree—about both the delicious wine and his backhand winner.
No matter which wine you sip while watching this year, remember to keep quiet during play and refill your glass between points.
Oh, and watch out for rogue balls.
Coco first discovered her love for wine on a trip to Bordeaux during her semester abroad. Now a San Francisco resident, she spends her days writing copy and her evenings reading, doing yoga, and sharpening her cooking and wine pairing skills.
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