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Posted Wednesday, 11-Nov-2015

Forget about pairing wine with cheese, it’s time to uncork your favorite vino with a board game!

Contributed by Ben Panzarino

 

Fine wine can be a perfect mood-setter, especially when it comes to playing board games.  There’s nothing better than loosening up after a hard-days work with a glass of your favorite vino and a play of your top-ranked game…just don’t spill your glass!

 

Spoiler alert!  This is a ‘fluff’ article.

 

Pairing #1:  Modern Art with 1947 Cheval Blanc

Cash is King.  And nobody knows that better than the winner of Modern Art, an auction-themed board game where the player with the most money wins.  What better to drink with Modern Art than a glass of 1947 Cheval Blanc, which set the record for most expensive bottle of wine ever sold at auction ($304,375).

The verdict:  Sharpen your auction skills and empty your life savings for these great choices!

 

Pairing #2: 1947 Cheval Blanc & Modern Art
Pairing #1: 1947 Cheval Blanc & Modern Art

 

 

 

Pairing #2:  Rail Baron (’82 edition) with 1982 Pichon Baron

1982 will always stand as one of the greatest wine vintages ever — and why not pair it with a classic that helped to kickstart the ‘train game‘ sub-category theme?

The verdict:  You can likely get through half a game of Rail Baron while decanting your ’82 Pichon Baron.

 

Pairing #1: 1982 Pichon Baron & 1982 Rail Baron
Pairing #2: 1982 Pichon Baron & Rail Baron (1982)

 

 

 

Pairing #3:  Connect 4 with 2013 Yellow Tail Chardonnay

Sometimes your budget allows no choice but to pop open a bottle of the cheapest wine you can find, which is most-likely produced by Yellow Tail.  Same with Connect 4…sometimes you want to teach your kid an awesome game like Survive! but have to settle for something much more simple.

The verdict:  Both very cheap items that can likely be found in the back of a dusty closet.

 

Pairing #3: 2013 Yellow Tail Chardonnay with Connect 4
Pairing #3: 2013 Yellow Tail Chardonnay with Connect 4

 

 

 

Pairing #4:  Carcassonne with 1991 Domaine de la Romanee Conti

While Carcassonne is one of the most accessible board games and ’91 Romanee Conti is among the most inaccessible wines, the thing they have in common is that they are both regularly counterfeited.  Sneaky swindlers are known to fill old bottles of Romanee Conti with off-vintage wines, while Chinese counterfeiters have sold countless copies of Carcassonne to unsuspecting board game buyers.

The verdict:  Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

 

Pairing #4: 1991 Domaine de la Romanee Conti with Carcassonne
Pairing #4: 1991 Domaine de la Romanee Conti with Carcassonne

 

 

 

Pairing #5:  The Settlers of Catan with 2010 Opus One

Most would agree that both Opus One and Catan are fantastic ‘gateway’ items.  Catan has turned millions of people into ‘board gamers’ and Opus One has converted many into oenophiles.

The verdict:  Both are great for introducing others into their worlds, though there are many more options to enjoy if you like these.

 

Pairing #5: 2010 Opus One with The Settlers of Catan
Pairing #5: 2010 Opus One with The Settlers of Catan

 

 

Pairing #6:  ‘Blacks & Whites’ with 2006 Domaine de Beaurenard CDP

2006 was not the best year for wine production in the Rhone valley, where Beaurenard CDP is produced.  Likewise, it’s never a good year to produce a game such as Blacks & Whites, where players can “Experience the ghetto. Live on Welfare. Try to buy a place in a white suburb.”

The verdict:  Both are horribly offensive and should never be consumed.

 

Pairing #6: 2006 Domaine de Beaurenard CDP with Blacks & Whites
Pairing #6: 2006 Domaine de Beaurenard CDP with Blacks & Whites

 

  • 2006 Domaine de Beaurenard Chateauneuf du Pape: $38.95
  • Blacks & Whites: Priceless

 

 

Pairing #7:  Twilight Struggle with 1994 Cristal Champagne

While the Cold War is nothing to be celebrated, Twilight Struggle, a Cold-War-inspired 2-player strategy war game is definitely worth raising a toast to!  Twilight Struggle quickly became a favorite among war-gamers and has won several awards worldwide.

The verdict:  Let’s raise a glass of ’94 Cristal to the success of Twilight Struggle!

Pairing #7: 1994 Cristal Champagne with Twilight Struggle
Pairing #7: 1994 Cristal Champagne with Twilight Struggle

 

 

 

Pairing #8:  Student Bodies with 2005 Giacomo Conterno Barolo Riserva

Take a trip to Italy with every sip of the exceptionally-made Conterno Barolo.  The wine is bursting with flavor and only getting better with age.  Pair your ’05 Conterno Barolo Riserva with Student Bodies, a game about zombie survival in a high school.

The verdict:  Both are very ‘full bodied’ and go great with pasta.

Pairing #8: 2005 Giacomo Conterno Barolo Riserva with Student Bodies
Pairing #8: 2005 Giacomo Conterno Barolo Riserva with Student Bodies

 

 

 

Pairing #9:  The Resistance with 2006 Cheval Blanc (18 Liter Bottle)

Who can resist the high-pressure deduction game The Resistance?  Best with 7-10 players, The Resistance is a ‘who’s who’ type of game where players try to figure out who the ‘good’ and ‘bad’ guys are.  In the case of the ’06 Cheval Blanc (18 Liter), the only ‘good’ guy is the one who laid out the money for the bottle…

The verdict:  Both require at least 7 people to get through unless you plan on having a pretty horrible experience.

Pairing #9: 2006 Cheval Blanc (18 Liter Bottle) with The Resistance
Pairing #9: 2006 Cheval Blanc (18 Liter Bottle) with The Resistance

 

 

 

Pairing #10:  Timeline: Historical Events with 1880 Boal Mediera

Most wines have a definitive lifecycle (Young to Mature to Old), but Mediera is a type of desert wine that will only get sweeter and tastier with age.  Timeline: Historical Events (and all of the Timeline games) are a type of game where the player gets better with age.

The verdict:  Both are great for winding down after dinner.

 

Pairing #10: 1880 Boal Mediera with Timeline: Events
Pairing #10: 1880 Boal Mediera with Timeline: Events

 

 

 

What are some of your favorite board games to pair with wine?

 

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