Wine of the Week: Super Bowl Hangover Edition

Wine of the Week: Super Bowl Hangover Edition

I can recommend Nocking Point’s sparkling wine (bought mine in 2016) as an excellent wine with which to celebrate the Philadelphia Eagles’ first ever Super Bowl win as a franchise!

Nocking Point is a wine club founded by Stephen Amell, star of The CW’s Arrow. He’s known for his super athletic ability, as are the 2018 Super Bowl champion Eagles. He’s also known for his passion for wine, whereas the Eagles seem to be more beer guys.

Nocking Point doesn’t actually grow or make any wine themselves. They hire winemakers to blend wines for them, and ship out to their members. Their 2016 sparkling wine was made by Gruet Winery, based in New Mexico, who make their wines in methode champenoise. This particular blend was 80% chardonnay and 20% pinot noir. It was quite dry, kind of large bubbles, not very toasty or fruity. I paid around $33 as part of my then-regular wine club subscription.

Nocking Point is a fun wine club, but I quit my subscription because I wanted to spend that quarterly fee learning about other regions. At $100 a quarter, I have no idea if that’s steep or par for the course. But you do get fun add-ons thrown in. I got some fresh-roasted coffee (regular only, alas, and I can only drink decaf, but my friends liked it), a nice corkscrew, and a wine chiller that you freeze and slide over your bottle. I haven’t seen these for sale anywhere else but from Nocking Point; I love mine so much I bought a second one when I visited their tasting room out at the Walla Walla Airport.

As far as other suitable Super Bowl libations, I can recommend — with care — this green punch from the Philadelphia Inquirer with rum, basil simple syrup, rum, lemon and pineapple juice, and rum. It was well received, if accompanied by raised eyebrows and a couple exclamations on its strength. Maybe don’t top with prosecco and go with sparkling water instead.

Now I have to turn my attention to next week’s French wine dinner with my supper club, so I’ll bring you the results of my research then!

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