Whether you’ve been dragged along to a daylong viewing of ESPN, or you’re a football fan bored with lagers, popping the cork to a delicious, easy-to-drink wine might be just what you need. Put down that Bud and find the corkscrew.

1. Rib Shack Red, 2013

The Shiraz in this South African blend makes it a perfect match for bacon dishes: sliders, potato skins, even bacon donuts. The mix of juicy Pinotage ensures it goes down smoothly. Average price: $11
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2. Rutherford Ranch – Cabernet Sauvignon, 2012

This Napa Cab is as classic as the Packers vs. the Bears. Goes well with grilled meats and a losing score. Average price: $19
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3. Paringa – Shiraz, 2013

The dark fruit and hint of smoke in this South Australian Shiraz pairs nicely with anything right off the grill, and tastes great just on its own. A lot of flavor for a small price tag. Average price: $11
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4. Domaine Pierre Duret – Quincy, 2012

French wine might be an unexpected companion to football, but its fresh citrus and clean minerality go well with seafood and queso. Average price: $13
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5. Tierra Divina – Reds, 2012

This blend of Zinfandel, Carignane, and Petite Syrah cries out for pizza. While your friends are raving about how good it tastes, you can go on about the 130-year-old vines it comes from. Average price: $11
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6. Altovinum – Evodia Old Vines Garnacha, 2013

The berries and smoke in this Spanish Garnacha make it a good choice for stew-fueled Sundays. It’s a big-bodied wine fit for big scores. Average price: $10
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7. Casal Garcia – Vinho Verde

The refreshing acidity and light body of this one-liter Portuguese Vinho Verde guarantee your Bud Light–pounding buddies will happily swap out their swill. You’re doing them a favor, really. Average price: $10
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8. Forstreiter – Grooner Grüner Veltliner, 2013

Besides being educational—the proper pronunciation is on the label—this easy-drinking Austrian white has flavors of apple and citrus and tastes just as good out of the bottle as it does five minutes into the second quarter. Average price: $11
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9. Mulderbosch – Rosé, 2013

Made from 100 percent Cabernet grapes, this beefy South African pink has flavors of black pepper and nutmeg, as well as the juicy bright berries typical of a classic rosé. Average price: $10
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Kelley Peters is a Brooklyn-based wine writer and educator. She still sometimes gets confused in wine shops.

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