After the big football game comes the big college basketball games! Football has silly commercials and a fancy halftime show, but you know what college basketball has? Brackets! But why just play the team brackets when you can host friends for the basketball games and have a Wine Tasting Bottle Bracket? I’ve always wanted to host a wine tasting party! I love blind wine tastings and trying to figure out the varietal, where it was grown, and how much it costs without the influence of the label! So I grabbed some bottles of wine and set up a bracket! Here’s how it works: Have friends bring 2 same bottles of wine to the party – a bottle to play and a bottle to enter into the prize. When they arrive, immediately hide one and wrap the label of the other. Don’t forget to open the top and hide the cork, too! Label the wines with a number. I set up our bracket on a decorated piece of butcher paper using paint. Super simple and easy, but if you want to make one for keeps, I might paint a bracket setup on a vinyl tablecloth. I created 2 brackets on each side (8 bottles of wine total), leading the winners of those brackets to two semi-final face offs, then to a final championship of the best wine. I set the reds against other reds, whites against whites, and sparkling vs. sparkling. In addition to the wine tasting, be sure to set out some snacks so everyone isn’t drinking on an empty stomach! I set out some Tex-Mex Sweet Potato Nachos. An easy finger food which is a great pairing for each of the wines and an easy game day treat!After moving through the brackets and determining a winner of each bracket, you can remove the wines from their wrappings and discuss the varietal, wine location, price, label, etc. And after crowning a victor, have guests put they name in a bowl and then pull a name for that winner and that guest wins the grand prize and gets to take home all of the wine! Unless you think your guests will all be honest, then you can assign a wine number to each guest and whichever wine wins, that guest wins. I just don’t trust my friends not to cheat! For the two bottles of wine I brought to the bracket, I chose Frontera Wines Sauvignon Blanc. Frontera Wines are from Chile, so they give an unexpected tasting to the brackets. Plus, Frontera Wines are perfect to serve at sports viewing parties or pair with game day recipes. You can make every moment tasty with Frontera Wine! I really enjoyed test-tasting the Frontera Wine Sauvignon Blanc and pairing it with sweet potato nachos. And if you need a new TV for the tournament, enter the Frontera Wines Game Day Sweepstakes and showcase how you celebrate your favorite team on game day for a chance to win a 55” HD flat screen TV!
What’s your favorite part of game days? The food? The drinks? Or the fun games we play with brackets?
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