What is it about winter which just screams red wine? There is something about the combination which is just so perfect. There’s nothing like curling up next to a roaring fireplace, with a fluffy blanket covering you and a warm, rich glass of red in hand as the nights become darker, wetter and colder.
We have compiled a how-to-guide on some of our favorite red wines and the foods they pair best with to help you be prepared for those chilly nights.
A bold wine needs a bold meal. Neither should overpower the other. Think rich, hearty meals bursting with flavour like thick cuts of beef, curries, chops, spare ribs and meaty mushrooms. Examples of wines include Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Syrah, Zinfandel and Malbec.
A versatile wine which pairs well with leaner cuts of meats, roasted vegetables, pastas, stews and soups. Dishes which include fennel, anise, cumin and rosemary pair well with these wines.
Examples of wines include Shiraz, Syrah, Merlot and medium-bodied Pinotage.
The subtle flavours of a light red should be paired with delicately flavoured food. Stick to light meats like poultry and pork or delicate red meats like veal. Mushroom risotto, coq au vin and creamy pasta are also tasty options to try.
Examples of wines include Pinot Noir and lighter Pinotages.
Perhaps the best wintery red wine option is spicy, flavourful Gluhwein. It is traditionally served in winter, either hot or warm, and originated in German-speaking countries. Recipes usually call for red wine, cloves, cinnamon and lemon or oranges.
Now that you know which wines to pair with which foods, all you need to do is stock up your wine rack. A great idea is to buy a case or two of red wine online so you’re never without your favourite bottle.