Big, Bold, Red Winter Wines – Wine Wednesday

Are the winter blues hitting you hard? Feeling a little like you need to hit the bottle? Of red wine that is… I’m here to bring you some interesting thoughts to keep in your hat the next time you’re strolling down that long and windy red wine aisle. It’s time for big red winter wines.

What the hell is winter wine?

Well, my friend. I’ve come to a conclusion. That red wine is to winter, what rose is to summer.

There’s nothing better than a fireplace (even if it’s just the one on tv), flannel, blankets, red wine, cheese and crusty bread. Now that you have that cozy image in your head, let it marinate. Like, really soak it in. Like a cork. Your mind cork even.

Okay, maybe that was a bit much. Regardless, you get my drift.

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Ever notice how in the summer you reach for crisp, light beverages that are often chilled, or chillable? Then comes winter, you go for the room temperature, deep flavors. Maybe it’s something about the heavier foods we consume during the ever dubbed, sweater weather. Or, it could be that those beautiful, rich, deep tastes are just meant for it.

Rarely will I ever pick up a white in the winter. Very rarely. It’s almost as if I crave Pinot Noir or a nice Malbec. The richer, the darker, the deeper, the better. That’s how I feel once the temperature starts to drop.

It’s almost like how in the summer, you’re probably going to grab a Corona over a Guinness. Well, unless you’re me. Then I’ll always go for Guinness, maybe a cider, but probably a stout or a porter though if I’m being real with Y’all.

Think about the foods you eat in the winter. Would you pair that hearty, crockpot chili with a pinot grigio? Probably not, because that would be friggin weird, and frankly, you probably won’t taste the wine.

Hopefully, now you’re starting to catch on.

So what are the Wine & Mommy Time favorite reds for winter? Glad you asked.

Malbec

Our favorites being specifically from Argentina, Malbec is a crowd pleaser in my home. A Malbec from Argentina will taste of black cherry, blackberry, and plum. With a subtle taste of cocoa powder, leather, and milk chocolate. Unlike much other red’s these wine’s are perfect when they’re somewhat cooled. I’m not talking a full on chill, but lower than room temp.

If you like Merlot and haven’t tried a Malbec, then you must give one a try.

Pairings:

Meat – Dark, lean and red meats. Ostrich, lamb, beef, buffalo or duck.

Cheese – Soft to semi-firm cheeses from cow or goats milk.

Veggies – Anything roasted, mushrooms, beets, kale, grilled endives, or tempeh.

Cabernet Sauvignon

If you haven’t had this, do you even drink red wine?

Wine found, and made, all over the world. Cab sav is an easy go-to. The typical flavors of a cabernet sauvignon are from dark fruits, tobacco and green pepper. Random fact, the Thursday before Labor Day is Cabernet Day. Not that, that correlates at all with the fact that we enjoy this wine in the winter in our home, but it’s cool to know.

Cabernet Sauvignon is actually a mix. A happy accident happened between a Sauvignon Blanc plant and a Cabernet Franc grape, and here we are today.

This wine is meant to eat with. Unlike Malbec above, it can be overwhelming to have on its own, so you really should pair it.

Meat – Fatty, rich meats. Beef short ribs, garlic wings, burgers and cured meats.

Cheese – Gruyere, bold blue cheeses.

Veggies – Think earthy, mushroom pizza, tomato sauces, roasted garlic.

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Merlot

I love how different merlot is depending on where it’s coming from. Cold climate merlots have the taste of anise, blueberry, espresso and are acidic. While warm climate merlots have flavors like cherry, mocha, vanilla, and nutmeg, to name a few. The best way I would describe a walk through the differences of merlot would be like comparing fraternal twins. It’s similar but different. You know they’ve got the same DNA, however, they’re not identical.

Time to pair it!

Meat – Duck, meatloaf, lamb, spicy jambalaya, and rabbit.

Cheese – Sharp, bold cheeses like cheddar, and gouda.

Veggies – Roasted, caramelized veggies, cooked tomatoes or beans.

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Regardless of what you go for all winter, the main thing is to spend time with family and friends. The summer always means tons of running around, chasing the sun and trying to check off that bucket list. I love that winter forces us to spend time indoors with loved ones. And a bottle, or two.

What are your favorite reds to drink in the cold winter months? I’d love to know in the comments below!

Big, Bold, Red Wines for Winter

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