From fireplaces to blankets to curling up with our loved ones on the couch, nothing says winter like that warm feeling our bodies seek. There is something about those heavy sweaters that can remind you of comfort and relaxation. But something else happens when we experience these cold nights; our palates find themselves craving warm and full-bodied flavors. As the seasons move from barbecues in the backyard to the peaceful falling of snow, our stomachs crave those hearty winter meals. And what goes better with a good meal? A great glass of wine.
As the seasons change, it’s a great time to explore new flavors of wine. No matter what mood you may be in, certain wines fare better for the winter months. It should bring you warmth and comfort. Perhaps you prefer to stick to your favorite wine choices, but here are some suggestions if you’re ready to branch out.
Tips for Choosing a Wine
When choosing a wine for winter, you may find different characteristics of the wine that seem to just hit a little differently. Here are some suggestions to help you choose the one that is just right:
● Acidity | Wines that are higher in acidity tend to pair better with foods that are sweeter or contain more fat. From holidays to Super Bowl parties, you may find many of these types of foods more of a staple in the winter months. Wines that are higher in acid include Rieslings, Sauvignon Blancs, Chenin Blancs, Chardonnays, Pinot Noirs, and Grenaches.
● Alcohol content | Not all wines are the same when it comes to alcohol content. In fact, the alcohol content in wine will help you determine if the wine is sweet or dry. Higher alcohol contents tend to indicate a dryer wine. When considering how to pair a wine with food, you will want to consider how dry a wine is. A great recommendation is to pair sweeter wines with more savory foods, as the counteracting qualities of each mean neither are too overpowering.
● Region of the wine | Where the wine comes from matters when picking the one that is right for you. The region of wine can play a part in its characteristics of it. As an example, a grape grown in cooler weather won’t ripen as quickly and leaves the resulting wine higher in acidity and lower in sugar. It is often recommended to pair your wine and food together based on region. If pasta is on the dinner plate, pour a glass of Italian wine to complement it.
If you’re not sure what to have this winter, stop into any Payless Liquors and let our team help you choose what’s right for you. Whether you’re ready to branch out from your usual, you’re making a favorite family recipe, or it’s a popcorn and movie night by the fire, we can help you pair the perfect wine for the perfect evening to leave you with all the warmth you need this winter.