Your Ultimate Guide to Winter Wine Pairing

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Is there anything better than curling up on the couch with a warm, hearty, carby and delicious dinner on a cold night? If you ask us, the food is undoubtedly the best part about winter – but if you’re not pairing your wine to your pastas, stews and soups, you’re missing out on the best part. So, to help you take your favourite comfort meal to the next level, we’ve got your ultimate guide to winter wine pairing. Time to channel your inner sommelier!

Spaghetti Bolognese

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When it comes to pairing wine with pasta, it’s best to focus on the sauce rather than the pasta itself. For a rich spag bol, you can’t go past a semi-tart, medium-bodied red like Chianti, Grenache or Zinfandel, all of which perfectly complement the acidity of the tomatoes.

Pumpkin Soup

For a classic pumpkin soup, a fresh and bold Chardonnay is the perfect match for the rich texture and spices. After something a little more exotic? A full-bodied Viognier or an aromatic, semi-sweet Gewürztraminer will also do the trick.

Beef and Vegetable Stew

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Beef stew is like the little black dress of the food world – it goes with so many things. As long as you pair it with a red, you really can’t go wrong, but there are a few standout varieties. A classic Cabernet Sauvignon is a beautiful accompaniment to a slow-cooked beef dish, but a Shiraz, Grenache or Merlot wouldn’t go astray, either.

Roast Lamb

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Roast lamb and Cabernet Sauvignon – it’s one of those classic wine pairings, and for good reason. However, a Cab/Merlot blend or classic Chianti will also bring out the best in your Sunday roast. Craving a white? If you must, ensure it’s a fuller-bodied varietal like Chardonnay.

Bangers and Mash

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This British fave perhaps pairs best with a pint of beer, but that doesn’t mean it can’t also be enjoyed with a glass of vino! Contrary to what you might have thought, bangers and mash goes just as well with white as it does with red. Try a rich, acidic, flavoursome white like Riesling or a light-bodied red like Pinot Noir.

Tuna Pasta Bake

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Is there anything more comforting on a cold night than a creamy tuna casserole? Well, yes, actually – a glass or two of Rosé or Chardonnay. The lightly acidic properties of these two varieties perfectly cut through the creaminess of the tuna bake.

Chicken Curry

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Deliciously spicy and beautifully warm, a hearty curry works wonders on chilly evenings, and when paired with a fruity Rosé or semi-dry white, is a total delight on the senses. We recommend a Riesling or Pinot Gris, however, even a Chardonnay would do nicely.

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