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
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
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
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
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
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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