Tailgating at home: Amp up your game day viewing party with SIMI Winery
The return of football season doesn’t only mean light beer, heavy appetizers and over-capacity bars raging with team spirit. Home entertainers everywhere are no doubt looking forward to the weekly opportunities to host watch parties at home until they swap out team colors for holiday decorations.
For California-based SIMI Winery winemaker Susan Leuker, who is a big 49ers fan and met her husband watching a hometown football game, this is the perfect opportunity to trade beer cans for approachable, crowd pleasing SIMI house wines — paired with tailgate-worthy apps of course. After all, wine is incredibly food friendly, and these MVP’s are no different.
Dark garnet in color, the 2015 SIMI Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (SRP $22; available nationwide) boasts a ruby edge and fruit aromas of blackberry, plum, and black cherry. What food to pair with it? A glass of this Cab brings out the best in an elevated Black Olive Pesto Pizzette — an easily shareable dish for all your favorite fans.
The 2017 SIMI Sonoma County Chardonnay (SRP $17; available nationwide) has a gorgeous clear, golden straw hue, and aromas of tangerine, white peach, green apple, and Meyer Lemon. Zesty flavors of lemon curd, stone fruit and nectarine and a hint of minerality makes this white wine a perfect teammate for Steamed Short Rib Buns. #ViewingPartyGoals, anyone?
Although not everyone roots for the 49ers like Susan, no one can argue with weekends full of great food, better friends and football on loop.