The song during the seventh ending stretch is as traditional at a ballgame as those Cracker Jacks, popcorn and a cool drink.
But why just pick a boring beer or soda? Lots of wine varietals are standing alert ready to be written into the roster
“Take Me Out to the Ball Game” is a 1908 song that has become the unofficial anthem of North American baseball, although neither of its authors had attended a game prior to writing the song. The song’s chorus is traditionally sung during the middle of the seventh inning of a baseball game. Fans are generally encouraged to sing along, and at some ballparks, the words (GIANTS) (DODGERS) (PADRES) and other “home teams” are replaced with the team name.
Chardonnay called into to the game, pairs beautifully in tune with “Buy me some peanuts”. The oaky, buttery taste compliments the salt in the nuts.
A sweet, cold Riesling brings out the sugar in the box of Cracker Jacks, toy no longer included.
If hot dogs are on the line-up, then grab a bottle of Zinfandel with its deep purple hue and full body; or make up some pairings of your own.
John Komes, owner of Flora Springs Winery pictures a perfect pairing: “While a warm day at the ball park game cries out for an icy cold beer, I might open our 2018 Pinot Grigio to celebrate the beginning of the season. It’s a lively, fresh and fruity wine and would complement most traditional baseball fare!”
Wine Institute’s Gladys Horiuchi has another idea for a wine to sip with hot dogs and Cracker Jacks: “My preference is for a rose’ or Pinot Grigio, something that is light, fruity and crisp to pair with the salty and sweet nuts.”
The wine experts at Pier 23 cafe on the San Francisco waterfront have two sure fire combinations to thrill the bleacher seats and the new scoreboard. They recommend “Dry Creek Chenin Blanc along side the Cracker Jacks and a Malbec with the peanuts.”
Either choice would be at the preference of the baseball fan, they could “swing either way.’
It’s time to put down your glass, put on your glove and “Play Ball.”