It’s that time again. The quadrennial clash of football titans and global cultural phenomenon that is the World Cup. A chance for an international audience to get their xenophobia on…to wave flags and paint their faces in national colors. Or wear garish “native” outfits and toot vuvuzelos.

Since this coincides with the summer solstice, what better occcasion to sip light, refreshing white wines while cheering on your team of choice. True, not all the nations represented in South Africa are wine producers, but don’t let that stop you from quaffing one of these varietals. So wave a yellow card and pop the cork!

Portugal – Quinta de Azavedo Vinho Verde

France – Pascal Jolivet Sancerre ( Sauvignon Blanc)

Austria – Winzer Krems Gruner Veltliner

Italy – Planeta “La Segreta” Bianco

Argentina – Luiga Bosca Torrontes

Spain – Monte Clavio Rioja Blanco (Viura)

Greece – Boutari Moschifilero

Australia – Tahbilk Marsanne

Germany – JJ Prum Riesling Kabinett

South Africa – Mulderbosch Chenin Blanc (aka Steen)

As for the games themselves, all I can say is…FORZA ITALIA!!!