Baby it’s cold outside! And there’s nothing better than a generous pour of red to help keep you toasty. Here’s a few finds of mine that are guaranteed to take a bit of the chill off.
A blend of 85 percent Tempranillo and 15 percent Graciano (yep, Graciano again!), this wine is a medium bodied classic Rioja of black cherry jam, licorice, and tobacco leaf. A versatile food wine, Tradición goes well with ham to chicken to BBQ lamb to chorizo.
Argentina is more than Malbec. Bonarda is a deep purple, highly aromatic, and with loads of berry fruit. Medium to full bodied. It’s perfect for that pot roast that tastes so much better on a cold day. If you’re feeling adventurous, try ropa vieja.
One word? Yum. Black Slate is produced from 60 percent Grenache (60-year-old vines) and 40 percent Carignan (80-year-old vines). Silky, lush, rich. Notes of cherry, anise, chocolate, and spice. The smoky undertones of this wine works well with a beef roast with mushrooms.
Perdera is made from 90 percent Monica—yes Monica—5 percent Carignano, and 5 percent Bovale Sardo grapes. If a Super Tuscan is not in the budget, this would be the go to. A robust red, Perdera tastes of ripe berry, earthy, and smoky tones. Let it open up a bit before drinking. This is a perfect pasta/pizza wine.
Wintering in a warm climate? Lucky you!
So long, Pinot Grigio. The Falanghina Irpinia wine is rich and intensely aromatic of fruits and florals. Hints of apple, pineapple, quince, melon, and pear. Fresh and clean in the mouth with excellent acidity. Sip watching the waves with cold shrimp and fresh burrata or buffalo mozzarella.