What to drink during the Rugby World Cup? The Guardian’s got the answer.


Let’s just admit that, most likely, the closest thing that most American sports fans ever get to the Rugby World Cup is watching videos of Australian rugby player-turned NFLer Jarryd Hayne slicing and dicing his way through preseason defenses. 
However, for the few of you who do love the sport and for the millions around the world who are watching this year’s Cup, U.K.-based newspaper The Guardian has come out with its list of wines that wine lovers and rugby fans should try while they watch the matches. 
“Being a football fan, I have been only vaguely aware of the biggest sporting event of the year, but there’s no escaping the Rugby World Cup now – or the need for me to suggest something appropriate to drink while you’re watching it,” wine reporter Fiona Beckett wrote. 
For wine drinkers, the World Cup presents quite the conundrum. Many of the world’s best wine producers also happen to be fierce rivals on the rugby pitch. So, tipping back some tipple from France, New Zealand, Australia or South Africa can be quite the interesting proposition for oenophilic rugby fans of the United Kingdom.
Therefore, Beckett took to the way of the pacifists and forewent the wine/rugby heavyweights in favor of wines from countries which did not pose a threat to England’s rugby pride. All the wines on her list were reds, a choice which seems well-suited for a game in which the men are as fierce as the spikes on the bottom of their shoes. 
She started her list of great game-time drinkers with a pair of selections from Italy – a Nero d’Avola and a Negroamaro.
She described the wines much in the same way one would describe their favorite rugby player: “gutsy” and “brambly” were her choice descriptors. 
Moving on to less controversial countries (the ones who aren’t participating in the Cup), a Spanish Tempranillo popped up on the list, as did a bottle of Douro from Portugal. Also on the list of non-competing producers was a red from Spain’s Priorat, a quaff, she said, which would go well with a very sport-appropriate blue cheeseburger. 
She then recommend a Cabernet-Carmenere from Chile, rounding out her non-confrontational approach to wine choices. At about $7.50 per bottle, the Chilean red was “unbeatable.”
“And unbeatable,” Beckett wrote,“is what we want to be until the end of next month.”
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