February Football, Federalists, Fizzy Fun! Happy Chinese New Year!


In addition to Chinese New Year’s and Valentine’s Day’s fizzy fun, February offers football and federalists: the Super Bowl is held the first Sunday of the month and President’s Day is mid-month.

But this year Chinese New Year’s eve of the Year of the Monkey is on Super Bowl Sunday AND Valentine’s Day is on President’s Eve!

So why not celebrate them all at the same time tomorrow during SUPER BOWL SUNDAY with wine from the Federalist and fizz from Sophia and Diama?

Que Syrah Sue, Ima Zinner, and Marshall Money Bags put together the food and I chose the wines keeping in mind what people would enjoy for Super Bowl Sunday (Feb. 7),  Chinese New Year (Mon. Feb. 8) Valentine’s Day (Sun. Feb. 14), and President’s Day (Mon. Feb. 15):

  • NV Sophia Francis Coppola $15 Effervescent White pair with Asian food
  • Diama  Sparkle Sparkling Rose – Italia Extra Dry – 11.5% alc under $20 pair with almost ANYTHING
  • The Federalist – Lodi Zinfandel – 2014 – $17.76 – 14.5% pair with turkey or meat sauce
  • The Federalist – Lodi Cabernet Sauvignon – 2014 – $17.76 – 13.9% pair with meatballs, pizza, or tritip

To celebrate my birthday, Ima Zinner came over after work and we opened a sample of Federalist Zinfandel (because Ima is a HUGE zin fan!). This was a rewarding wine to have as we visited and prepared dinner– nose full of bramble fruit, pretty to look at, easy drinking, fruit forward but with structure. We were very pleased and enthusiastic with this wine before and during dinner. Fresh and bright, it promises and delivers plenty of bramble fruit; everything you might expect in a under $20 zin is there.

One of my favorite pairings for Zin is turkey –whether is a a Thanksgiving style stuffed turkey, turkey meatloaf or burgers, so Marsh grilled the turkey burgers with blue cheese, which we placed with arugala and heirloom tomatoes on beautiful bakery rolls. We also made homefries with fresh rosemary and garlic.

Turkey burgers — full size or slider size– and this Zinfandel would definitely please  people and be a simple meal to put together with most of the prep happening before the game.

A medium deep color with a coral rim, this zin is built for speed: it’s great for a Super Bowl or other festive occasion where it will be consumed that evening because the next day, while it did not go bad, it just did not hold up to its spender of the previous day. After two days you might want to use it to cook a lovely roast or stew. (I actually combined the remnants of the zin and the cab to fill a smaller container, put it in the fridge and the resulting blend was quite tasty on the third day).

The Zinfandel label features George Washington, founding father of the US, first President, and, in case you forgot your history, while George was sympathetic to the Federalists, he wasn’t really much of a Federalist himself.

Uh oh you forgot what a Federalist means? According to Wikipedia,

“The Federalist Party was the first American political party. It existed from the early 1790s to 1816; its remnants lasted into the 1820s. The Federalists called for a strong national government that promoted economic growth and fostered friendly relationships with Great Britain, as well as opposition to revolutionary France. The party controlled the federal government until 1801, when it was overwhelmed by the Republican opposition led by Thomas Jefferson. It came into being between 1792 and 1794 as a national coalition of bankers and businessmen in support of Alexander Hamilton‘s fiscal policies. These supporters developed into the organized Federalist Party, which was committed to a fiscally sound and nationalistic government. The only Federalist president was John Adams; although George Washington was broadly sympathetic to the Federalist program, he remained officially non-partisan during his entire presidency.”

So who they should have on a bottle is Alexander Hamilton:

and indeed they do, saying:

home1“The roots of Zinfandel began to take hold in the United States just as the Federalists were establishing our nation’s independence. This Dry Creek Valley Federalist Zinfandel is an ode to this noble grape, and a celebration of its decidedly American origin. The robust fruit, bright berry fruit character and lively acidity speak to the distinct characteristics of these bold, strong vines that are inseparably intertwined with the history of the United States itself.

The Federalist’s packaging features the leader and most famous Federalist in American history, Alexander Hamilton.  The Federalists believed in strong national government, supported modernizing, manufacturing & industrial development, and the use of a tariff to fund the Treasury. They supported a national Bank of the United States, and funding national and state debts incurred during the Revolutionary War.  In foreign affairs the Federalists opposed the French Revolution, and sought a strong army and navy.  A few other noted Federalists were:  James Madison (VA), John Jay (NY), George Washington (VA), and John Adams (MA).”

Now that’s a bottle of wine I want to taste –with no time to waste! It retails at $25.


With George yesterday’s news (literally), we moved on to Ben Franklin who graces the Federalist Cabernet Sauvignon bottle. Ben Frankin, of course, was an inventor, founding father, noted Federalist, and a very wise man:


With Ben’s company and thinking about Super Bowl Finger foods, we prepared a cheese plate of mimolette, dafinois triple cream, blue guyerre, aged cheddar, salami, and procuitto bread pizza baked with a mozzarella proscuitto roll, plus we made vegetable pot stickers, feta spinach sausage, sun-dried tomato sausage, and cordon blue panko wraps. Yum and fun!

PIZZA BREAD: Sue split a loaf of ciabotta, slathered it in garlic olive oil, sliced a mozzarella roll with proscuitto and basil, placed it on the bread, and baked. SO GOOD! SO EASY! SO SPECIAL! SO Yummy with the wines!! (All of them!)


The Federalist Lodi Cabernet  Sauvignon 2014 with Ben Franklin on the bottle retails for $17.76 and has an alcohol of 13.9% (sample).  (When it goes on sale will we find it for $14.92?)

Very easy drinking today, this medium bodied cabernet sauvignon went well with everything, but we could tell that it would not hold for long because it does not have much strength or backbone. The structure is there in the beginning, but falls apart quickly.

Just out of the bottle this wine is really nice, but after two hours, the thrill was gone. This would be great at a BBQ, dinner party, or Super Bowl party when there are numerous people to quickly consume  the bottle because at a party all you need is a great first impression. This wine will give you that at a reasonable price. It will keep people drinking a pleasant wine for the evening and will most probably add a nice touch to any super bowl event.

This was a go to wine for the evening because it was so easy to enjoy, and went with everything– again what you want at a party.


Because not everyone wants to drink red wine, we also opened two bottles of bubbles, Diama  Sparkling Rose – Italia Extra Dry – 11.5% alc (sample) and Sophia from Francis Coppola (purchased for $15 at Vons). 

Diama Sparkle Sparkling Rose – Italia Extra Dry – 11.5% alcohol (under $20)

Beautiful bottle for a beautiful brut.

Everything about this wine is beautiful especially for under $20: diamond cut honeycomb clear bottle shows off the lovely coral/salmon color, gentle bubbles exude a fragrance of honeycomb and strawberry. More strawberry jam than wild strawberries in the nose, there is a malt in the nose which is the yeast that you look for in a Champagne. Even though this wine comes from Veneto, Italy, it is not like a typical prosecco. Little bit of jack fruit on the tongue.

Think of this as a woman’s craft beer that lends itself to the things that would go well at any super bowl party from meatballs,  to sausage, baby back ribs, mini pizza breads, and chili.

It pays a nice compliment to the women at your event or in your life — many who may be preparing the food and cleaning up!

A blend of Glera (Prosecco), Chardonnay, and Pinot Noir, this sparkling wine holds its own with a variety of foods on the table. As it warms, it has wonderful honey notes on the palate and that lingers in earthy honey notes far from the flashy bottle. From beginning to end this wine holds its own.

A great for a Valentine’s  Day surprise, it looks like a million dollars, tastes better than $20, and will make almost anyone happy.





Got a cooler of canned beverages? Definitely pick up a four pack of NV Sophia sparkling white wine Francis Coppola Winery to throw in there for a sweeter sparkling wine alternative to beer or to use as a mixer with St Germain and a strawberry! This California carbonated white wine pairs best with sweet and/or spicy Asian foods like potstickers and mu shu.

So if your go-to for your Super Bowl Party or Valentine’s Day or Chinese New Year is take out Chinese, grab Sophia and bring her along! She also loves to go on picnics and bikes rides and I bet she turns up next trip to the snow!

Happy Losar! Losar Tashi Delek! Happy Tibetan New Year February 8!

This year Losar, the Tibetan New Year, falls on February 8, the same day as the Chinese New Year Year of the Monkey, and giving us Westerners a chance to celebrate the New Year a second time– and to make or renew our resolutions or reset our intentions. For Tibetans, Losar combines Christmas, New Year, and EVERYONE’s birthday into one and celebrations can last two weeks, weather permitting.

So let’s get our celebrations on — whether it be Super Bowl Sunday,  Chinese New Year, Valentines Day, or President’s Day!

Every day is a great day for a celebration! What will you be celebrating and how? Cheers!
More sparkling wine and Champagne suggestions coming right up so stay tuned or subscribe!
PS Who is your favorite Federalist?


One thought on “February Football, Federalists, Fizzy Fun! Happy Chinese New Year!

  1. Pingback: What does February, Football, Federalists, Fizz, and Far East Have in Common? Fun! | art predator

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