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World Cup Wine Picks – Wednesday, June 18

Australia versus Netherlands

The Netherlands pummelled the reigning World Cup champions, Spain, in their opening game, using a style known as “Total Football.” There is no doubt they are looking to continue their winning football ways over a respectable underdog Australia.

Australia had a very respectable outing against a feisty Chile last week, and will have their backs against the wall in what should be a very capable Dutch team who might now be considered one of the tournament’s favorites after the first round. This should be an exciting match to watch.

Since we don’t know of any Dutch wines, the Australians win the wine picks for today:

Mark Davidson of Wine Australia has this suggestion for watching the match:

d’Arenberg ‘The Custodian’ Grenache ~ $19
Australia has some of the oldest Grenache vines on the planet. Hey Dutch Boys! What vines do you have? Oh that’s right….none! Yeah, you are good at football but we have a 150 year fine wine tradition…….which will console us after you thrash us in this match

Will Tomlinson of LDN CRU suggests Yalumba ‘Y Series’ Vigonier ~ $10.

Spain versus Chile

Spain will be fighting against an embarrassing early withdrawl (see above notes for the Netherlands) against  a very capable Chilean team. This game should be lively and exciting to watch as the two countries battle it out on the pitch.

Plus, it’s Old World (Spain) versus New World (Chile) here, at least when it comes to wine. Here are our team’s choices:

Javier Alfonso of Pommum Cellars for Spain-
Bodegas Naia-Vina Sila ‘Naia’ ~ $14

Ward Kadel/ Dr. Xeno, also for Spain-

While Chile is no pushover in the wine world, it has had little luck against the Spanish La Roja national team. Drink the Bodegas Muga Rosato, while a lighter styled wine as a rosé, it still has some stuffing to make sure La Roja get past the Chileans, yet rest up for the tougher group matches.

For Chile, Bernardo Silveira recommends:
Cono Sur Bicicleta Viognier ~ $9
Cono Sur Bicicleta Viognier – another white and not a Sauvignon or a Chardonnay in sight: I believe people aren’t aware of the diversity and quality that can be found in Chile, so I’d open this perfumey, round, fresh Viognier with friends right before a match begins and blow some minds.

Cameroon versus Croatia

Both teams will be staving off elimination, with Croatia likely having the upper-hand after their very respectable opening match against pre-tournament favorite Brazil. Do or die for both. And no wine from either. Perhaps you can enjoy more wine form one of the matches earlier in the  day.


In selecting wines to share with you, our team of wine selectors used the Wine4.me database as a guide. Almost all wines selected here are also in the free Wine4.Me iOS app. Click the following to get your party planning on and see a complete listing off all wines in the World Cup Wine Picks series.

We hope you enjoy the choices made by our team of wine lovers. If you want to know which wines YOU will like best for each game, download the FREE iPhone app Wine4.Me, tell it what wines you know you like and get your own personalized rankings of best-selling, widely available wines in the US. Then, filter by country and make your OWN list of game time wines you’re sure to love.

Which wines, I mean teams, will you be supporting today?

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