Pairing the World Cup with wine

Across the blogosphere, wine bloggers are having fun pairing World Cup matches with their favorite wines from the countries on the field.

Like this post, by the popular wine blog Enobytes, where the authors suggest that we predict a winner based on the quality of wines produced in the competing countries.

“The 2010 World Cup has officially started,” they write, “and everyone seems to have #worldcup fever! But rather than figuring out who’s got the better team based on soccer odds, let’s pick a winning team based on which country has the better wine! Buleuah!”

Unfortunately, Boutari Moschofilero didn’t help the Greek national soccer team, despite being Enobyte’s Greek “value white” pick.

Korea Republic v Greece

In Korea, wine is enjoyed only by a small portion of the population and has not yet achieved a place in the mainstream culture. Korean drinkers prefer beer and a distilled spirit called soju. As for viticulture, Korea has roughly 40,000 acres of vineyards, primarily used to make table grapes and dried fruit, focusing more on the fruit and medicinal wines. Can I convince you soccer fanatics to drink a dried fruit wine on game day? Oh, come on, drink it, you’ll like it! Alright, I give up, the winner is GREECE!

Greece has been modernizing their wine making practices for a while now and they’ve been experimenting with 300 indigenous grapes. I’ll list them and test you later. Seriously, you’ll be impressed with the quality and styles produced. Don’t be intimidated by the indigenous grapes named Assyrtiko, Xinomavro, Roditis and Moschofilero.

South Korea beat Greece 2 – 0. 😦

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