Posted Wednesday, 11-Nov-2015
Forget about pairing wine with cheese, it’s time to uncork your favorite vino with a board game!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Published by BoardGamePrices.com
Can we fit all the photos we took at Spiel into this article? No. But we’ll sure try! Here’s your last look at the last day of the biggest board games show in the world.
The tiredness starts to take hold; but we press on toward Day 3! We’ve got dice! We’ve got minis! We’ve got mechs! It’s Spiel!