Fall is here, and if there’s a game in your future, remember that not everyone loves beer with football. As the chief tailgater, pick easy crowd-pleasers that will make your pre- and post-game parties something for the record books. And if you forget the opener, don’t worry: These bottles all come with a twist-off cap. This month’s selections are from Zipp’s Liquors, 2618 Franklin Ave. E., Mpls., 612-333-8686, zippsliquors.com.
Yalumba Unwooded Chardonnay 2009
From: South Australia
A medium-bodied chardonnay that comes across fresh and clean. With some pear and pineapple notes and no oak, it makes for easy sipping. It would go great with fruit salsa or a turkey burger.
Volteo White Blend 2009
From: La Roda, Spain
Breakdown: 50% verdejo, 35% sauvignon blanc, 15% viognier
This one is dry and crisp with peach fruit and a hint of spice. If your tailgaters are adventurous, fish tacos are the way to go—the lemony acid will pair well. Or cheat with decent fish sticks, but add salsa and guacamole.
Angelina Reserve Pinot Noir 2008
From: Sonoma, California
Pinot noir is still hot, and this one’s full-bodied with lots of raspberry fruit and a hint of oak and vanilla. The crowd that has lamb, duck, and shrimp at their pre-game festivities (and probably a suite at the game) will love this one. I’m not jealous—I’d just like an invite.
higHDef Riesling 2008
From: Mosel, Germany
With a name like this, maybe you should be watching the game at home. This wine is for those who like things a little sweet. Expect honey and apples on the nose and good fruit on the tongue. Bring it with cold fried chicken and pasta salad to a college day game.