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Merry Christmas to one and all– and even though some of our favorite college football teams didn’t give us what we wanted under the tree, the area schools certainly supplied a few stocking stuffers of magnificent memories from 2018.  And even though they failed to beat Virginia Tech for the 15th straight year, my UVa tailgating pals Kippy & Buffy had one fun fall supporting their team as well as making new friends while enjoying pretty good wine.  They’d like to extend best wishes during the holiday season for all out there who enjoy a pregame beverage by sharing their game-by-game selections (excerpted from the award-snubbed “Presto’s Picks” on WTOP.COM.)

Richmond- One program that never changes at Scott Stadium is Kippy & Buffy’s tailgate, and the popped-collar pair are already in midseason form.  They kick off 2018 with a bottle of Moscato:  Beni di Batasiolo Moscato d’Asti Bosc dla Rei 2013.  On name value alone it impresses, but “with the palate profile packing D’Anjou pear and red apple nuances, the fizzy, fruit-forward themes run well-balanced from the semi-sweet start to fairly, full finish.”  What a way to start, indeed.

Indiana- Kippy & Buffy aren’t messing around with any short stuff at their tailgate:  Conundrum White 2015 “lures you with scents of apricot, pear and honeysuckle.”  There’s also a “hint of oak” that I think is more of a strong suggestion. I suggest a pairing with brie and crostini.

Ohio- A semi-neutral site game means a semi-neutral white wine for Kippy & Buffy;  nothing says “home away from home” better at the tailgate than Chateau O’Brien’s Northpoint White.  The 2017 Chardonnay offers “a beautiful array of creamy hazelnut and subtle butterscotch” and “shows a profound maturity, along with a balancing elegance and grace”.   Perfect with take-out from Bojangles.

Louisville- The first ACC game means Kippy & Buffy switch over from white to red wine…and there’s no better way to kick off conference play than with a bottle of A to Z Pinot Noir from Oregon.  The 2015 vintage offers “striking aromas of black cherries, blackberries, blueberries and raspberries are overlaid with a cornucopia of spices. As the wine moves across the palate, ripe, dusty tannins bracketed by juicy acidity give shape and definition to the powerful fruit flavors in harmony with a mineral quality, reminiscent of slate and graphite.”  As we’re already in the Beaver State, Kippy & Buffy break out the Rogue Smokey Blue cheese on multi-grain crisps.

NC State- this is the first meeting between these two founding ACC members since that game, so Kippy & Buffy go with the Founding Father inspired “Federalist Bourbon Barrel-Aged Zinfandel“.  The 2015 vintage possesses “aromas and flavors of black fruit, smoke, caramel and vanilla”.  Despite the portrait of university founder Thomas Jefferson’s rival Alexander Hamilton on the bottle, “the finish is long and smooth making this a thoroughly enjoyable wine.”  Enjoy with aged cheddar on club crackers.

Bye Week- don’t you dare think Kippy & Buffy will be taking it easy this weekend.  Bye weeks are for shuttering up the cottage in the Outer Banks-and there’s no better way to wave goodbye to summer than by enjoying a 2010 bottle of JM Gobillard et Fils Millesime Champagne.  “Straw color, lovely aromatics (violets and strawberries), persistent perlage (meaning the bubbles are evocative of pearls), and pleasant mix of fruity and pastry-like notes.”   Break out the Black Diamond Hackleback Caviar on toast points (the lighter toasted, the better).

Miami- Just like college football’s bluebloods (Notre Dame, Alabama, Ohio State) look down their noses at Miami as “nouveau riche” (even though they’ve been a force for over 30 years), Petit Verdot is a varietal that’s been around forever (the Romans enjoyed it) but only recently getting its due as a stand-alone varietal.  Trinchero Napa Valley’s Central Park West Vineyard Petit Verdot “presents a deep, inky purple color, supported by beautiful black fruit and floral aromas reminiscent of lavender and lilac. With layered blueberry and blackberry flavors, this wine’s ripe tannins lead to a sensual, round mouthfeel.” Kippy & Buffy concur.

Duke- Kippy & Buffy prepare for facing the ultimate “bro” school by once again tailgating with Breaux Vineyards-this time they break out the Cabernet Franc.  “Redolent of dark fruits and sweet spice (cardamom) and somewhat woodsy.  Full and juicy with loads of fruit and spice on the palate.  The drying tannins accompany a long juicy finish”.  Sadly, the finish this Saturday will be somewhat sour.

North Carolina- Kippy & Buffy would be more than happy to tell you that the 2015 Duckhorn Vineyards Napa Valley Merlot also exceeds expectations, “underscored by polished tannins, the juiciness of the entry evolves into a lush, silky texture that carries the flavors to a long, generous finish marked by notes of freshly ground coffee beans with a splash of ripe, red cherry.”

Pitt- Kippy & Buffy move the chains and much more during their tailgate by going with a 2015 Chateau Ste. Michelle Cold Creek Cabernet Sauvignon:  “the aromas are bright, with notes of cherry, plum, vanilla and baking spice. The fruit flavors are plump, with plenty of barrel accents. The tannins come off as quite dry, leading to a sweet vanilla-filled finish. The oak is at the fore.” 

Liberty- The final home game at Scott Stadium has Kippy & Buffy breaking out white wine for a non-conference foe one final time, and this week it’s a bottle of 2017 Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc“Tightly structured, with strong, vigorous passionfruit and lime flavors, woven with steely acidity, and obvious potential.”

Georgia Tech-  Kippy & Buffy hit the road with a bottle of Cain Five.  The 2014 vintage is 51% Cabernet Sauvignon and 26% Merlot (remaining grapes used are split between Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot).  “The aromas are discrete: fruity—floral—herbal—spicy—and pure. On the palate, the wine has a certain density, but now the tannins have melted and this wine just flows.” 

Virginia Tech- Ending a sorry streak is always a tough task, but Kippy & Buffy plan to do their part by breaking out a bottle of Chateau O’Brien 2013 Mourvèdre.  “The smell of Mourvèdre is an explosion of dark fruit, flowers like violet and herbaceous aromas of black pepper, thyme, and red meat.  The variety can be a difficult grape to grow, preferring “its face in the hot sun and its feet in the water.”



It feels like this happens every year.  West Virginia is off to a 5-0 start for the third time since joining the Big 12 under coach Dana Holgorsen–and with Oklahoma’s 48-45 loss to Texas the Mountaineers at #6 in the nation are the conference’s lone unbeaten team.  Preseason All-American quarterback Will Grier is completing 71% of his passes and is on pace to blow past the total of 34 touchdowns he tossed as a junior.  The triple tailback attack features three kids who are averaging 6.0, 5.8 and 5.2 yards per carry.  Bowie, Maryland’s Marcus Simms is scorching secondaries (26 catches for 490 yards).  But what makes this year’s edition different is its defense:  while previous units have coughed up over 25 points per game in four of the previous six seasons, the 2018 edition allows a (for the Big 12) stingy 18.6 points per outing (25th nationally but the fewest in the league).  Led by disruptive linebacker David Long Jr., coordinator Tony Gibson’s unit appears to have turned the corner, ranking second in the Big 12 against the run, pass and overall.  Do the Mountaineer faithful dare dream knowing they’ve produced finishing kicks of 2-4, 5-5, 1-6 and 2-6 this decade?  If Matthew McConaughey can win an Oscar for Best Actor, there’s no reason his look-alike coach can lead West Virginia to the Big 12 title.  All right, all right, all right… 

Alma Mater Update- the Orange have the weekend off, and after snagging defeat from the jaws of victory each of the last two weeks that is a good thing.  North Carolina and NC State come to the Carrier Dome the next two weekends-and there’s no reason not to think the Orange shouldn’t beat the Tar Heels while being competitive with the Wolfpack.  But the team that beat Florida State yet lost to Pitt doesn’t always deal with reason.

Maryland (3-2, 1-1 Big Ten) vs. Rutgers (1-5, 0-3), noon (Big Ten Network).  For some reason I think “Maryland-Rutgers” is French for “noon on the Big Ten Network”.  The conferences two newest members are a combined 11-46 in league play since 2015…and while the Terps are attempting to scrape together three more wins for a second bowl berth in that span,  the Scarlet Knights are already on an expressway to the East Division cellar.  Where to begin?  They currently rank last in the conference in scoring, yards gained, stopping the run, getting off of the field on third down as well as offensive and defensive passing efficiency.  Redshirt sophomore runningback Raheem Blackshear is the bright spot, leading Rutgers in rushing yards and receptions.  It’s also Homecoming in College Park, which means my Terp tailgating tandem of Matt & Stacia will be breaking out the shrimp dip and Frito’s.  While the likes of Anthony McFarland and Ty Johnson are giving each other high fives on the field, my stomach will be doing the same in the press box.  Bon appetit.  Terrapins Triumph, 36-13.

Navy (2-3, 1-1 AAC) vs. Temple (3-3, 2-0), 3:30 p.m. (CBS Sports Network).  The Owls are one tough team to get a handle on this year:  first they lose to FCS Villanova and Buffalo before blasting Maryland in College Park.  They then cough up 45 points to offensively challenged Boston College (75th in the nation in passing) before keeping East Carolina out of the end zone.  The Mids have been consistently able to run the ball this fall-their 310.4 yards per game ranks second in the nation, but the air attack is far from being the spark/mixer needed to keep foes honest.  The loss at Air Force was the first time they’ve been held to single digits in almost five years.  Defensively Navy hasn’t been able to consistently stop-or even slow down-opponents, allowing 33.4 points per game (101st in FBS).  It’s a good thing Temple is a team that can stop itself (12 turnovers in six games), but they’re not that counterproductive.  Midshipmen sink, 27-16.

Virginia (3-2, 1-1 ACC) vs. #16 Miami (5-1, 2-0), 7 p.m. (ESPN2).  Coach Bronco Mendenhall’s team has two weeks to prepare for the Hurricanes…and they could have used a third to get ready for this defense.  Miami ranks #1 in the ACC against the run and the pass as well as getting off of the field on third down and sacks.  Since going with freshman quarterback N’kosi Perry, the Canes have averaged 35 points per game, but the Cavs’ D may be the toughest one he’s faced this fall (no offense, Savannah State).  Just like college football’s bluebloods (Notre Dame, Alabama, Ohio State) look down their noses at Miami as “nouveau riche” (even though they’ve been a force for over 30 years), Petit Verdot is a varietal that’s been around forever (the Romans enjoyed it) but only recently getting its due as a stand-alone varietal.  Trinchero Napa Valley’s Central Park West Vineyard Petit Verdot “presents a deep, inky purple color, supported by beautiful black fruit and floral aromas reminiscent of lavender and lilac. With layered blueberry and blackberry flavors, this wine’s ripe tannins lead to a sensual, round mouthfeel.” Kippy & Buffy concur.  Cavaliers come up short, 31-12.

Virginia Tech (3-2, 2-0 ACC) at North Carolina (1-3, 1-1), 7 p.m. (ESPNU).  Despite a pair of defeats where they’ve allowed over 40 points, the Hokies remain in the driver’s seat of the Coastal Division.  The Tar Heels?  Under the wheels of the ACC after a 1-3 start: last in the conference in third down conversions as well as turnover margin will do that to a team.  It’s amazing to realize the Tar Heels played for an ACC Championship only three years ago.  Since winning the 2015 Coastal Division, Larry Fedora’s team is 12-19 and 6-11 in the conference.  The only thing the Heels appear to be able to do is stop the pass (3rd best in the conference), but VT quarterback Ryan Willis is fresh off consecutive 300+ yard efforts.  After not being able to run the ball against Duke, Tech was able to move the ball on the ground and in the air against Notre Dame.  And UNC is no UND.  Hokies handle the Heels, 38-10.

Georgetown tops Lafayette, Howard defeats Delaware State, James Madison beats Villanova, Towson tops William & Mary, Richmond falls at Albany.

Last Week: 5-4.  Moving Month begins with a whimper…

Overall: 31-18.