Cristiano Deandre

Wines to Enjoy in the Winter


Now that it is winter, we all needs wines to warm our soul. Here are some wines to enjoy in the winter months ahead, along with some foods that pair well with them.

Let’s focus on some red wines that go well with cooler temperatures. Cabernet Franc is one of my favorite wines for the cold months of winter. It is grown abundantly in the Finger Lakes region of New York. The grape is a cross between Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. In a good Cabernet Franc wine, you will find layers of sweet black currant flavors. It also has notes of cedar, mint, and earth. These wines pair well with grilled meats and spicy cuisine. They can be enjoyed with many Asian dishes, especially those that contain ginger or black pepper.

Cabernet Sauvignon is more popular, grown in many places with cooler climate. This grape is very versatile and is well suited for a range of dishes. It is a red wine that can be enjoyed with almost anything. This varietal is a little lighter in body, but it can provide a rich flavor experience. Cabernet Sauvignon can go well with winter dishes like roast duck, braised lamb shanks, venison, and filet mignon. Some people consider it the king of red wines.

Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir is the most widely-grown and popular red wine in the United States and is another favorite red wine of mine. It is not as widely grown as other red varieties, but it has a wonderful personality and aroma. The Pinot Noir grape is found in cool climates. It pairs well with seafood, chicken, and even some beef dishes. I’ve had it with roasted meats, soups, and stews. It pairs well with food containing garlic or red peppers.

Syrah is a native of the Rhone Valley in France. It is made mostly from the red varietal Carménère. Syrah can be made in many different styles, some are full-bodied, others are light and elegant. The Syrahs that are full-bodied and complex are often blended with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot to create a more approachable wine.

If you love reds, like me, and you have an interest in learning more about winemaking, then you should consider becoming a wine maker. This can be done as a hobby but it still takes time and patience, and you still have to be passionate about wine. I’ve known people who make wine in their garage, basement, or sheds. These amateur wine makers still buy wines from wineries, enjoying the more established wines while sipping the fruits of their own labors.


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