How To Pair Wine With Your Favourite Commonwealth Games Sport

How To Pair Wine With Your Favourite Commonwealth Games Sport

Because we still can’t qualify in synchronised sipping at the games

By Christine Ricketts | 10th April 2018

If wine tasting were a Commonwealth Games sport, we’d all be medal winners!

But while we eagerly await the day it becomes a sport, Christine Ricketts, Cellar Director at leading wine retailer Cellarmasters has put together the ultimate medal-winning wine list to enjoy with your favourite Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games sport.

Boxing & Cabernet Sauvignon

Demanding speed, strength and stamina, boxing is a sport you want to enjoy with a wine that packs a punch. A Cabernet Sauvignon with its firm tannins and bold flavours is the ultimate, heavyweight choice.
Wine to try: the Gold medal & trophy winning Black Wattle Mt Benson Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

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Cycling & Rosé

Cycling has become a hugely popular sport, especially in the last couple of years, both for athletes and non-athletes. In similar fashion, Rosé is a wine variety that’s growing the fastest in popularity in Australia. So why not be very on-trend watching the cycling while sipping the pink wine?
Wine to try: Gold medal winning Krondorf Growers Barossa Grenache Rosé 2017

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Gymnastics & Italian varieties

Whether you are watching the artistic or rhythmic gymnastics, you want to enjoy it with a wine that’s flexible. That is a wine that goes with a wide range of food. Italian wines are known for being the world’s most food-friendly wines; the crisp acidity of the country’s white wines will cut through rich dishes, while the tanginess of the reds will be the perfect pairing for flavoursome foods.
Wine to try: the Gold medal winning Rocca Negroamaro 2016

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Diving & Prosecco

While watching the divers pierce the water, you can simultaneously create some bubbles of your own in your wine glass. A fresh, fruity Prosecco is the perfect choice to drink while watching diving or swimming.
Wine to try: Wordsmith Bed Of Roses Alpine Valley Prosecco NV, which was recently named one of the best Proseccos of the year by wine expert Tyson Stelzer.


Beach volleyball & Pinot Gris

Watching the ball fly across the net on a beachy court is bound to make you thirsty, so you might want to sip on something refreshing and crisp – like a Pinot Gris. Try a cool climate variety with a super fresh and elegant palate, which pairs perfectly with fresh seafood and sunshine.
Wine to try: Riversdale Estate Grown Tasmania Pinot Gris 2017 from award-winning Riversdale

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Weightlifting & Shiraz

No other sport can match weightlifting when it comes to strength, so you want a rich, full-bodied wine to match the action. A Shiraz from a warm climate region is up for the challenge, and you can’t go past a Barossa Shiraz – a wine that is world famous for being big and bold.
Wine to try: 10 gold medal winner Krondorf Symmetry Barossa Shiraz 2013

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Triathlon & GSM

Triathlon is a true test of fitness and endurance, as it combines swimming, cycling and running. A GSM wine is a perfect match because it’s the best of three wine varieties – Grenache, Shiraz and Mourvedre (Mataro). GSM combines the red fruit flavours of Grenache with the structure of Shiraz and the spiciness of Mataro to create a smooth and elegant red wine.
Wine to try: Dolan Family Wines Barossa Valley Grenache Shiraz Mataro 2015 by Jimmy Watson winning winemaker Nigel Dolan

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Article by Christine Ricketts

Cellar Director at Cellarmasters


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