5 Best Winter Wine Pairings


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When the weather outside is frightful, the only thing more delightful than a crackling fire is a hearty meal replete with perfectly paired wine. What wines work best this time of year? What dishes do they complement perfectly? 

If you're throwing a dinner party or preparing an intimate evening for you and your special someone, keep the following tips in mind. Your pairings will make you forget the howling wind outside. 

What Makes Winter Wine Pairings Different?

You might think that the only wines to serve during the winter are hearty reds. While it's true that many dishes, like roasts and stews, pair nicely with a beefier brew, you can enjoy white wine during this season, too. For example, Verdelho, a full-bodied, dry white, pairs perfectly with Chinese delivery or Asian-fusion dishes

However, wines with thicker and heavier textures pair perfectly with winter meals. In general, people gravitate toward wines you can serve at room temperature during this time of year. Some mulled and spiced wines taste best when heated, but Riesling or Moscato won't stand up to the test. You need a dark, dry red to manage the additional ingredients. 

Suggested Pairings for Wintertime Meals 

What can you whip up with winter wine pairings? Check out these meal combinations that are suited for a variety of dietary restrictions. 

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