GaryVee Presents: 5 Perfect Wines to Drink During Football Season

Posted September 24, 2015

Gary Vaynerchuk


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Anybody with even a passing interest in me or my interests know that football, specifically the NY Jets, is my ultimate passion. When I'm at a game, everything else goes away. I could get a text saying that both wine and social media have been outlawed, but if there is still time on clock, I just don't care. I'm in the game and nothing else matters.

Now that we're back in my #1 favorite time of the year, it only makes sense that I connect football with my other passion: wine. So here are a few selections I came up with that I think are perfect for all you other football fans to enjoy.

2011 Scotto Family Old Vine Zinfandel

For me, old-vine California Zinfandel (especially from Lodi where it kicks with a bit more fruit) is the perfect burger wine. There is nothing more exciting to me than a big fat cheesebuger (although I can't really do that anymore because of my new fitness kick) paired with a classic, Americana Zinfandel. The '08 Scotto Family Zin has a little age on it at this point along with enormous fruit, a little black pepper, and some licorice. The finish evokes something like grape Jolly Rancher along with more spice and pepper. To me, this is $30 wine for $15, and if you're tailgating with MEAT, this is your go-to.

Prosecco S.Anna V8+

If you're like me, then you could barely wait as this summer passed by and football season drew closer... and when it finally did you were ELATED as your team proceeded to CRUSH both the Browns and Colts in dramatic fashion. So what do you want to do? You want to celebrate. Well, my friends, Champagne has gotten really expensive, so instead we're going to talk about Prosecco. At $15 a bottle, you won't feel bad about popping a couple of bottle and spraying them all over the competition as you prepare to enjoy the fruits of the upcoming season

2012 Willowbrook Cellars Pinot Noir

This screams Sunday Night Football. You've had a long Sunday. Maybe you've missed some games because you're at a point in your life where the kids take priority. Maybe you've been at the bar all day yelling with your friends about your fantasy picks. But now, you're settling in, getting ready to head into the work week, and you want something a little more complex.

The Wall Street Journal listed the Willowbrook as one of the top five Pinots in America, and frankly, I think it's one of the best I've tasted all year. The complexity is off the chart to the point that you can open it on Sunday, have a glass to wind down for the day, cork the bottle, and drink the rest on Thursday with your meal. I know this from experience. It's that good.

2011 Bear Print Chardonnay

This is for the extreme tailgater. What do I mean by that? If you're hardcore about your tailgating you show up to the parking lot at 8:00am. What's happening at 8:00am? That's right. Breakfast. Now I personally prefer to drink a cup of coffee or tea with breakfast and settle into things (breakfast is, after all, my favorite meal), but when I look around, I'm often stunned by the massive amounts of Bud Light being consumed. These are a different breed of tailgater, and I respect them for it. I am, however, presenting you with an alternative: Chardonnay. If you're looking for a breakfast wine, an oak-driven, creamy, buttery Chardonnay is actually a stunning compliment to the fats and oils you find in common breakfast foods like eggs, pancakes, and bacon. And at $13, you can feel a little bit classier than the other degenerate die hards you're hanging out with.

2013 The Neighbor Red Blend

This is a Wine Library exclusive. What we do with this wine is look for a high-end wine that hasn't actually been bottled yet because of a deal that broke down. We're looking for vulnerabilities. If we can take advantage of a bad business deal, take what would have been a $30 wine, and then sell it for $15, we can deliver an outrageously cool product. So that's what this is.

The wine in The Neighbor Red is a Rhone-style blend of Syrah and Grenache that was slated to be $37 a bottle before we were able to grab it on the cheap and sell it for $16. This wine is a big-boy monster. This is a wine for 4:17 PM on a Sunday if your team lost its 1 o'clock game. You're not happy, you're upset, and you want to drink away your sadness. Three glasses of this will make you forget about that fumble at the six yard line.


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