The winter months are made for cozy sweaters, movie marathons, and hearty homecooked meals; conveniently, these seasonal staples also pair perfectly with, you guessed it, drinking wine. So hunker down, bundle up, and stay out of the weather with a glass of one of our favourite winter wines.
First up, Shiraz. The darkest of the red wines is rich and full-bodied with powerful flavours of black fruit, spice, and herbaceous notes. The Australian variety is best described as big and bold with a high ABV (alcohol by volume) which makes it an excellent match for char-grilled steaks, BBQ ribs, and a good mystery novel.
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Another wintertime winner? Italian Sangiovese is known for its versatility and can vary from delicate and floral to intensely dark and tannic depending on the region. Nonetheless, it goes with all kinds of winter fare including pasta in tomato sauce, roasted veggies and an evening of takeout pizza and board games.
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While white wine is primarily known as a summer drink, a rich buttery Chardonnay is next on our list. This full-bodied varietal has bold flavours of vanilla, butter, caramel and a hint of citrus and is the ideal winter sipper. Get your chef hats on, Chardonnay is delicious with sea bass, roasted chicken, or creamy pasta dishes.
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Next up, Cabernet Sauvignon. We know, we know… it may be an obvious choice but a Cab at this time of year is definitely as good as it’s cracked up to be. It’s layered and complex with aromas of black pepper and flavours of red fruit and notes of herbs. Ideal for Sunday dinners with pepper steak and mashed potatoes.
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Are you the type of person who drinks Champagne year-round? Because you’re not alone. Many limit their bubbly intake to New Year’s Eve and while we agree that it’s perfect for celebrations, Champagne is actually very versatile. It’s light, refreshing and pairs with French fries, popcorn and The Bachelor.
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Added bonus if you’re feeling adventurous: Port. There is arguably no better match for cozying up by the fireplace on one of winter’s cold dark nights than this fortified wine. Port is rich and sweet and best enjoyed with blue cheese or desserts such as crème brûlée and black forest cake.
Until spring arrives, you’ll know where to find us.