Cosy Up with Winter Wines: Your Guide to Savouring Wine in the Colder Months

Cosy Up with Winter Wines: Your Guide to Savouring Wine in the Colder Months

As the days grow shorter and the temperatures drop, there's something undeniably comforting about curling up with a good book, a roaring fire, and a glass of fine wine. While summer calls for light, refreshing whites and rosés, winter invites us to explore the richer, fuller-bodied wines that warm us from the inside out. Here’s your guide to the best wines to enjoy during the cosy winter months.

Embrace the Richness of Red Wines

Bold Cabernets

Winter is the perfect time to indulge in robust red wines like Cabernet Sauvignon. Known for its deep, complex flavors of dark fruits, spices, and oak, a good Cabernet can be wonderfully warming. Pair it with hearty dishes like beef stew, grilled lamb, or a rich mushroom risotto for a satisfying meal.

Silky Pinot Noirs

For those who prefer a lighter red, Pinot Noir offers a smooth, silky texture with notes of cherry, raspberry, and earthy undertones. This versatile wine pairs beautifully with roasted poultry, baked salmon, and creamy pasta dishes, making it a great choice for winter dinners.

Spicy Shiraz

Shiraz is another excellent winter wine, boasting bold flavors of blackberry, plum, and peppery spices. Its robust character complements grilled meats, spicy stews, and even dark chocolate desserts. The spice notes in Shiraz can add a delightful warmth to your winter evenings.

Delicious Full-Bodied White Wines

Full-Bodied Chardonnay

While red wines often take center stage in winter, certain white wines can also provide the depth and richness we crave in colder weather. A full-bodied Chardonnay, with its creamy texture and flavors of ripe stone fruit alongside oak nuances, is an excellent choice. Enjoy it with roast chicken, creamy soups, or a hearty seafood chowder.

Aromatic Viogniers

Viognier is a lesser-known white wine that offers a lush, aromatic profile perfect for winter. With notes of apricot, peach, and honeysuckle, Viognier pairs wonderfully with spicy dishes, roast pork, and rich cheeses. Its fuller body makes it a comforting option for a cold night.

  • The full-bodied Millbrook 2022 Estate Viognier is a rich, soft expression with a sticky texture and lush apricot and coconut scents and flavours 

Indulge in Fortified Wines

Pedro Ximénez

Fortified wines like Pedro Ximénez are ideal for winter. Pedro, with its rich aromas of raisins and toffee with a luscious, generous palate of caramel, creamed honey, dried fruits and chocolate pastry, is a perfect dessert wine. Enjoy it with a cheese plate, dark chocolate, or even on its own by the fire. 

Tips for Enjoying Wine in Winter

  1. Serve at the Right Temperature: Red wines should be served slightly warmer than usual in winter, around 15-18°C, to enhance their flavors. Whites should be slightly cooler than room temperature, around 10-13°C.

  2. Pair with Seasonal Foods: Winter is the season for rich, hearty foods. Pair your wines with seasonal dishes to enhance both the food and the wine. Think roasted meats, root vegetables, and creamy sauces.

  3. Create a Cosy Atmosphere: Enjoying wine is not just about the drink itself but also the experience. Light some candles, put on some soft music, and settle into a comfortable spot to fully appreciate your wine.

  4. Explore and Experiment: Winter is a great time to explore new wines. Don’t be afraid to try different varietals and regions. Get in touch with our friendly customer service team here and ask for recommendations that suit the season.

Winter is a wonderful time to explore the rich, complex flavors of wines that might feel too heavy in warmer months. Whether you’re a fan of robust reds, full-bodied whites, or luscious fortified wines, there’s a perfect winter wine waiting to be discovered. So, pour yourself a glass of one of our favourite winter wines, settle into your favorite cosy spot, and let the warmth of the wine enhance your winter experience. Cheers!

Plus, want to know what happens in the vineyard during winter? Check out our blog here.

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