Cheerleaders have all the fun I thought, as a freshman entering high school. Let me see, you're popular, pretty, have a ton of new friends and all the boys want you, I'm in! I fantasized about dating the captain of the football team and being crowned Homecoming Queen. Problem was, I couldn't do the splits to save my life, let alone remember a routine. And then there's that little difficulty I had with showing up for school. If I wasn't rolling out of bed late, my friends and I were plotting ways to ditch class. I clearly wasn't cut out for it!
At high school pep rallys I would sit back and watch as the cheerleaders tried to get the crowd excited for an upcoming game. A permanent smile was planted on their face as they performed for the audience. I'm guessing I wasn't the only one who wondered if they had briefs on underneath those tiny skirts. I braced myself for the worst every time they kicked a leg in the air, while at the same time almost every boy hoped for a sneak peak. I thought it was unfair that cheerleaders got to wear uniforms that were the equivalent of a modern day bathing suit and I had to look like Little House On The Prairie with a skirt to my knees. They clearly had the advantage in high school!
Although my fantasy of becoming a cheerleader never turned into a reality, a girl can still pretend! As a toast to football season starting, I decided to pair a party favorite, teriyaki wings, with wine. I chose the 2006 Selbach Riesling Bernkasteler Kurfurstlay from the Mosel region of Germany for the pairing. Germany has 4 quality levels starting with the lowest, Deutscher Tafelwein (table wine), Deutscher Landwein (country wine), QbA (quality wine from a specific region) and the highest, QmP (superior quality wine). This wine falls in the QbA category and is an enjoyable, everyday wine. After a bite of the food and then a sip of the wine, I notice the sugar levels of both aren't perfectly in sync but close enough to be enjoyable. Although the wine has a ton of diesel and citrus on the nose, the stone fruit flavors come out on the palate and mix nicely with the teriyaki sauce. The crispness of the wine matches the fried texture of the wings and helps to wash all the grease off the tongue, making you want to go in for another bite. Both the food and wine are simple and enjoyable, creating a tasty little pairing. And I bet any cheerleader would CHEERS to that!
Wine featured in this photo: 2006 Selbach Riesling Bernkasteler Kurfurstlay (Available at Khoury's Fine Wine & Spirits $12.99)