Chex Mix with Wine

"Watching people chase a ball for four hours to end 0 - 0 is not enjoyable.  Nothing can help me care about soccer. Oh, ‘it’s the most popular sport in the world.’ Probably because it’s cheap to play.  It costs a ball.  Once every four years, America pretends to care about it.  And yes, I call it ‘soccer.’  Don’t correct me because I don’t care what they call it in other lands — I speak America.  Sorry world, we already have football and it’s way better. It’s supposed to be played by 300 pound men, eight-seconds at a time, not five-foot, six-inch fairies lightly jogging for three hours, or however long your game is…buy a scoreboard!"

This was Daniel Tosh's rant about football vs. soccer.  Although I played soccer as a kid and absolutely enjoyed every minute, I have to agree that it's got to be one of the most boring games to watch on TV (my big brother is going to kill me for saying this).  Watching men get physical is just part of our human DNA.  Take the Colleseum for instance, Romans were killing each other and fighting animals while everyone sat back and ate popcorn thousands of years ago.  Well, maybe not popcorn, but you get what I mean.  Wine was probably flowing as people heckled the fighters and although I'm not one for extreme fighting, the wine part sounds right up my alley.

Football is such a huge part of the American culture that I can't help but think it offends plenty of Americans to hear soccer referred to as "football" in other countries.  Football is anything but "soccer" and the pride we take in representing our cities can lead to black eyes and broken friendships, plus the occasional riot.  My heart hurt when the Seahawks finally made it to the Superbowl and lost.  The feeling of despair was like a death in the family.  So the next time you refer to soccer as "football," keep that in mind.

To celebrate the start of the season, I've chosen the party favorite, Chex Mix.  You can typically find it sitting on coffee tables during the game, tempting you to grab a handful.  Chex Mix is a super salty snack mix that includes Chex Mix cereal, hard breadsticks, pretzels and crackers.  Typically, beer would be the go to choice with this snack but because I'm a crazy wino, I had to pair it up.  My first thought was White Zinfandel, but because I'm so against it, I decided to choose an off-dry bubbly from Spain called Vi D'Agulla.  I chose this wine because it's bubbly like beer and slightly less sweet than White Zinfandel.  I figured I had found a compromise that met in the middle of both.

After a bite of the food and then a sip of the wine, I immediately like how the touch of sugar in the wine counterbalances the salitness of the snack, while the acidity contrasts it.  Although I will say, the wine could have used a tad bit more sugar to better balance out the salt.  The flavor of the pretzels were heightened after the initial shock from the wine's intense flavors.  Finally, the finish was a little bitter and made me wonder why I didn't just leave my pride at the door and grab a bottle of White Zin, or an off-dry sparkling rose.  Overall, not a terrible pairing but not a huge wow factor here, either.  Cheers!


Wine featured in this photo: 2009 Vi D'Agulla Avinyo (Available at Khoury's Fine Wine & Spirits $12.99)