San Diego Magazine: Teach Me Something: Pairing Wine with Game-Day Foods

Wine’s association with sports is—not intuitive. Nothing against beer, but the sports-drinks experience really should be an open relationship. Because there’s an entire universe of wine that can and does pair well with game-day foods.

“We don’t always need a heavily produced moment to enjoy wine,” says Patrick Ballow. He’s co-owner of boutique wine shop Vino Carta in Little Italy and—as of last October—Solana Beach, which includes seasonal plates by chef duo Long Story Short. The shops aim to stock wines from organically farmed vineyards when possible, but not always, Ballow says, “because of the specifics to the environment.”

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