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Spice up the Big Game: Wing & Wine Pairings

Spice up the Big Game: Wing & Wine Pairings

May 14, 2022

Melissa Cottingham

No Super Bowl party is ever complete without the MVP of the menu, chicken wings. Yes, those crispy, oven-fried, sticky wings are essential for the big game day. We’ve teamed up with Memphis bred and Los Angeles based wing expert and foodie influencer, Melissa Cottingham for the party-perfect pairing. Melissa’s been cooking since the tender age of twelve and started her catering business, Melnificent™ in 2017. She has graced the palates of Tracee Ellis Ross, Serena Williams, Anthony Anderson, Shaunie O’Neal, James Wright Chanel, Adam Mendezvo and many more. So the trick to pairing wings with your favorite wines is simple, balance is key. White wines that are sweet-ish and high in acidity are great to mask the spice of your wings. Some of my favorite whites to pair with mild to spicy wings are Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc. Light-bodied reds with tannins like Rose’, Zinfadel and Pinot Noir are the perfect companion for spicy and sweet flavored wings. Check out Mel’s wing recipes and our wine pairings below for a guaranteed win this Super Bowl Sunday.