Are you ready for the World Series? Do you have a rooting interest? Do you know who is playing?
Let’s start at the beginning, as it’s always a good place to start. For those not in the know, the World Series is the best-of-seven games, meaning the champion has to win four times. This year, it’s the New York Mets against the Kansas City Royals. The Royals are making their second straight appearance in the World Series (they lost last year to the San Francisco Giants). The Mets are back in the Fall Classic for the first time since 2000, and last won it all in 1986. Do you remember Bill Buckner?
For die-hard fans of either club, congrats on making it this far and best of luck. For everyone else, you might need a little help choosing your rooting interest. We’re here to give you that nudge, and we’re letting wine help us decide.
Each grape, or varietal, has characteristics and a taste profile which makes it unique. Baseball clubs are no different. Below are our thoughts on how the Mets and Royals match up with a wine which represents its unique profile.
Pick a grape, pick a team and let’s enjoy the World Series!
Characteristics: This team is in your face. Young, bold power pitching. Dangerous at any time. On a power run (lots of home runs). Balance young talent with veteran leadership. Full-bodied team capable of winning either 2-1 or 14-10.
Fun Fact: Lots of cool nicknames on this team with The Dark Knight (Matt Harvey), Thor (Noah Syndergaard), Captain America (David Wright). Should we have done a Superhero post instead?
Wine Equivalent: Cabernet Sauvignon
Profile: Full-bodied, but firm and gripping when young
Food Pairings: Best with simply prepared red meat
Characteristics: This team is a jack-of-all-trades. On offense, they run (a lot) and play “old-school” baseball. A great bullpen (relief pitchers) covers up some suspect starting pitching. Second time in World Series should help.
Fun Fact: Awesome stadium that features waterfalls in the outfield bleachers. Fans are passionate and love everything KC – including their BBQ. The best tailgate in Major League Baseball.
Wine Equivalent: Malbec
Profile: Characteristic’s vary depending on where it is grown. Easy drinking style. Can be used as a blending wine.
Food Pairings: All types of meat-based meals
Cheers to a great World Series and everyone enjoying some wine along the way!
Our pick: Full bodied and bold. Mets in five (5) games.