what drinks to serve at football parties instead of wine

Spinach Dip with Wine

The Story:

Party-goer: What are you doing?

George: What?

Party-goer: Did... did you just double dip that chip?

George: Scuze-me?


George: Double dipped?  Wha-what are you talkin about?

Party-goer: You dipped the chip, you took a bite... and you dipped again!

George: So?

Party-goer: THAT'S LIKE PUTTING YOUR WHOLE MOUTH RIGHT IN THE DIP! Look, from now on when you take a chip, just take one dip and END IT!


Don't let this pretty little face fool you.  I might look sweet and innocent but like George on the above episode of Seinfeld, I'm guilty of double dipping.  It's not a deliberate act by any means.  My hand just suddenly starts motioning back toward the dip without any conscious thought on my part.  I seriously get dip amnesia!  And when a bottle of wine is added to the equation, you might as well call the doctor (or slap my hand) because I've totally lost control!

The Pairing:

To complete my 3 part football food and wine pairing series, I chose Spinach Dip.  Popeye would be so proud!  And to accompany it, I chose a bottle of 2008 Mormoraia Vernaccia di San Gimignano (Mormoraia is the producer, Vernaccia is the grape and San Gimignano is a town in Tuscany, Italy - and absolutely breathtaking by the way).  This underrated Italian white wine is full of wild flowers, citrus and herbs.  After a bite of the food and then a sip of the wine, I notice the creamy herb flavors in both the food and wine take center stage and continue through to the finish (aftertaste).  The wine's bright acidity cuts through the creaminess of the dish, but at 12.5% alcohol, still has enough body to stand up to the heaviness of the dip.  The acidity also contrasts the salt from the chips and helps to cleanse the palate in-between bites.  Yummy!


Please let me know your comments in the section below!  What do you think of George and I's double dipping madness?  What do you eat when watching football? Let's chat!