The World Cup starts tomorrow! Whether you are swept up in the United States’ chances in the Group of Death without Landon Donovan, Brazil taking home the trophy as the host nation, or catching some of the magic of Argentina’s Lionel Messi, it’s a time to celebrate.
Since this is the World Cup after all, we’ve picked five wines from around the globe that you should have on hand over the next month while you watch as the champion of the “World’s Game” is crowned.
First, there is the Tenuta Frescobaldi di Catiglioni from Italy. The Italians are always a favorite in the World Cup and this 2010 blended Tuscan red wine is a favorite of ours. With its ruby red color, rich notes of cherry, currant, strawberry and blueberry, and hints of spice, this is the perfect wine for the passionate fan.
The reigning World Cup champions are from Spain, a country that is no slouch, and perhaps slightly underrated when it comes to wine consideration, and the Naiades, D.O. Rueda is no exception. We’ve already paired this wine, with its sweetness and touch of minerality on the finish, alongside a fish dinner and needless to say, there were no regrets.
Portugal’s top player, Cristiano Ronaldo has fought through a leg injury to represent his team in the world’s most famous tournament. If you feel for the guy (though with his looks and his bank roll it’s hard to feel bad for Ronaldo), pick up a bottle of 2009 Sino da Romaneira, a light, floral red wine from the Douro region of Portugal.
Finally, when you think of Argentina, you think of healthy portions of steak with chimichurri, and most likely you think of the best soccer player on the planet: Lionel Messi. The Argentineans are poised to make another deep run in the World Cup behind La Pulga (“the Flea”). If you’re behind the Argentines, then you’ll be opening up a bottle of Cultivate’s “The Gambler” Malbec from 2011. While Malbecs aren’t known for their “nimbleness” like Messi, The Gambler is an approachable Malbec with a strong backbone and aromatic notes of eucalyptus and tobacco leaf. Trust us, you’ll enjoy it.
All you have to do is uncork a few bottles and enjoy the games. Just make sure to brush your teeth periodically. Nobody likes wino mouth.