The Perfect Time For Warming Winter Wine
While the summer months have their appeal, the winter months often come with the treat of more time at home. Couples cuddled up on the sofa, Christmas movies and roaring fires. As the days get shorter and the nights get darker you may be wondering what to do now the summer wine has run out. Can wine really be a winter drink?
The wine lovers out there will be pleased to hear that now is the perfect time for that warming winter wine. In this blog we talk about some of the great wine flavours that you should be cracking open in the winter to enjoy cuddled up on the sofa, with big stodgy meals and after nights out in the colder weather.
Rich Red Wines
Whether you’re coming back from a quick walk in the crisp winter, or it’s been a tough, cold day in the office, there is a red wine to soothe you. The great thing about luscious rich reds is that they pair up perfectly with warming dinners such as roast dinners, casseroles and more. A strong black fruit Australian Shiraz, a ripe raspberry Zinfandel or a heavy and sweet cherry Valpolicella could be exactly what you need to warm the cockles.
Wintery White Wines
You might not imagine that white wines are well suited to the colder winter months, but some are. If you’re enjoying a rich meaty stew, then a well-rounded Chardonnay or lightly oaked White Rioja could be the perfect partners for your meal. A mineral fruity Chablais or a toasty and nutty Burgundy are also really nice wintery wines to enjoy after a trip out in the cold and wet. We would recommend that you take the bottle of white wine out the fridge around 15-20 minutes before serving so you can extend the deepness and richness of the drink, as much as possible.
Spicy Mulled Wine
Of course, we couldn’t talk about the perfect winter wines without mentioning the other wine option for the colder winter months: mulled wine. A popular drink to be enjoyed when the weather takes a turn for the worst. There are a wide range of incredible mulled drink recipes online. Have a look around and try out your own recipes too. Your sense of taste is unique, so add the fruits and spices you like to create a perfectly delicious, mulled wine that is unique to you.
Don’t forget you can always add flavours to drinks to make them more wintery. Cranberry, pomegranate, cinnamon, chocolate and cloves are good wintery tastes that will jazz up your drinks perfectly.