10 wines for Northwest tailgate parties

By on November 29, 2013
It's time to pull out football tailgate party wines. Here are 10 from which to choose.

It’s a big football weekend in the Pacific Northwest, with the Cougars vs. Huskies, Beavers vs. Ducks and Saints vs. Seahawks. Here are some wines to take to your football parties. (Photo via Flickr/click for credit)

With three important football games being played in next four days in the Pacific Northwest, it’s time to think about what wines you will open as you root on your team.

Today is the annual Apple Cup between the Washington State University Cougars and the University of Washington Huskies. Kickoff is at 12:30 p.m. at Husky Stadium in Seattle. The game will be broadcast by Fox.

After that is the Civil War between the Oregon State University Beavers and the University of Oregon Ducks. Kickoff is at 4 p.m. at Autzen Stadium in Eugene. The game will be broadcast on Fox Sports 1.

And on Monday night, the Seattle Seahawks (10-1) square off before an ESPN-TV primetime national audience against the New Orleans Saints (9-2). Both NFC powerhouses are in first place in their divisions, and this game will help decide who get homefield advantage throughout the conference playoffs. Kickoff is at 5:30 p.m. at CenturyLink Field in Seattle.

So here are some wines we picked out for you to consider, whether you are tailgating at one of these games or enjoying the action from your living room.

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About Andy Perdue

Andy Perdue is founding partner of Great Northwest Wine LLC and a longtime wine columnist. He is a third-generation journalist who has worked at newspapers since the mid-1980s and has been writing about wine since 1998. He co-founded Wine Press Northwest magazine with Eric Degerman and served as its editor-in-chief for 15 years. He is the author of "The Northwest Wine Guide: A Buyer's Handbook" (Sasquatch, 2003) and has contributed to four other books.

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