Football fan or not, Super Bowl is a great excuse to party. And, since Super Bowl 50 is going to last for an entire day of celebrating, I’m moving away from just one wine for the wine of the week recommendation, into a couple of wines. If having wine rules with your crowd, I’ve got some big, bad, brawny ones for you. I’m not going with any white wines for this one. This isn’t the Knitting Party here, we’re talking Super Bowl. And, it’s not just ANY Super Bowl. This is Super Bowl 50.

Did you know that Super Bowl Sunday is the nation’s Number-1 at home party event of the year? It’s even bigger than New Year’s. It’s also the Number -2  food consumption day, second only to Thanksgiving. Super Bowl is a par-tay-day central.

Big Day ~ Bold Wines ~ Brave Flavors

No Wimps Allowed

Cook up a big bowl of Chili Con Carne, and have it with some Chilean wines, that’s my thinking.

  • Wine lovers need guts and glory for Super Bowl 50
  • Game Day (Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016, 3.30 p.m. PST / 6.30 p.m. EST)

You won’t let anyone down with these two bold and daring wines.

The first one is going to be for the warm up, as family, friends and neighbors arrive. For this one, a regular 750 milliliter bottle will suffice.

2013 Concha y Toro Gran Reserva Serie Riberas Malbec, by Concha y Toro

Gran Reserva Serie Riberas is a special selection of Gran Reserva wines, coming from vineyards located close to different river basins. This translates into unique, distinctive fresher wines.

This wine will be great to welcome your early birds. They arrive early and deserve this special wine.

Concha y Toro has a very special Winemaker, Marcio Ramírez ~ With a degree in Enology from the Universidad de Chile, Marcio joined Concha y Toro in 1997. From 1998 to 2000 he worked with Enrique Tirado at the Puente Alto winery as assistant winemaker for Don Melchor, and then moved to the Cachapoal winery in the Rapel Valley, where he is now head winemaker.

After everyone arrives, though, I’m going to recommend a larger bottle, called a magnum.

2014 Frontera Cabernet-Merlot

An approachable and non-pretentious party pour – the 1.5-liter 2014 Frontera Cabernet-Merlot, from Chile’s Central Valley, is not only super (bowl) delicious, but it’s also widely available. Not usually retailing for more than $12, this classic Chilean red blend delivers a reliably delicious bang for the buck.

And if you want to branch out, try it in a homemade Sangria.

Now, get out there and live large, people!