Today Show: Superbowl Wine Tasting Party with Joe Bastianich


Today Show’s Wine Cellar Superbowl Party

The Today Show did a Superbowl Wine Tasting Party with Joe Bastianich.  What a brilliant idea (and a great alternative to beer!).  Here are the wines and superbowl appetizers that they suggested pairing together.  There are five wines, one for each quarter and a special Pear Prosecco Belini for the half time show with Madonna!  Bastianich said that Italian Wines are the top imported wine in America, but he only picked one Italian Wine to diversify things a bit.

Today Show: Hermann J Wiemer Dry Riseling & Pigs in Blankets

The Today Show’s first quarter of the Superbowl wine is the Hermann J. Wiemer Dry Riesling 2010 from NY State,


Today Show Superbowl Wine Tasting Party

Today Show Superbowl Wine Tasting Party

which costs $14 – 17 (Click here to buy it).  It is a white wine with good acidity, fruity flavor and is it light in alcohol, which makes it a great match for heavy greasy pigs in a blanket.

Today Show: Hess Select Monterey Chardonnay & Cheddar

The Today Show second quarter of the Superbowl wine is the Hess Select Monterey 2010 Chardonnay (although the bottle they had on their set was from 2009!).  This wine ranges from $13 – $16, which is under $20 like all of the wines on this Superbowl Wine Tasting List (Click here to buy it)!


Today Show: Pear Prosecco Bellini Recipe

For the half time show with Madonna, Joe Bastianich suggested making Pear Prosecco Bellinis by mixing together pear puree with Flor Prosecco from Italy (which costs $15-16).  This will taste delicious and act like a palette cleanser. Click here to buy it!

Today Show: Allegrini Valpolicella Classico & Pizza Bagels

The Today Show paired pizza bagels with the Allegrini Valpolicella Classico Italy wine (which ranges from $10 – $15).  This is the perfect wine as the mood gets more serious… though I disagree with Bastianich who thinks you can often tell who will win at this point.  It is never over until the fat lady sings!!!  Click here to buy it.

Today Show: Henry’s Drive Pillar Box Shiraz & Chili Con Carne

The final wine for the fourth quarter of the superbowl is Henry’s Drive Pillar Box Reserve 2009 Shiraz Australian wine that costs $18.  Bastianich said the wine will wake you up in the morning and is very full flavored. Here is a link to the bottle we found.


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