5 Great Reds for Winter

by tarynlachter
Sure, it’s already the end of February (even though January took two years) and we’re technically about to start looking into spring, but it really feels like winter has been dragging on forever.

Waking up to bitter cold temperatures and dodging weird snow squalls halfway through the workday sure has gotten old.

So what do we do until the nights start getting longer and the sun comes out more often?

Drink wine!

Sure, it’s already the end of February (even though January took two years) and we’re technically about to start looking into spring, but it really feels like winter has been dragging on forever. Waking up to bitter cold temperatures and dodging weird snow squalls halfway through the workday sure has gotten old.

So what do we do until the nights start getting longer and the sun comes out more often? Drink wine! Check out our suggestions below for some fabulous red wines to keep you warm as we make it through the rest of this winter season.

Shiraz/Syrah: This big, bold red is just what you need to warm up your frozen insides. It’s full of heavy tannins and earthy, smoky flavors which will give you those summertime grill vibes even though it’s dark and cold outside. Not to mention, it boasts a lovely 14-15% ABV which should help clear away any wintertime gloom. And to top it all off, the tannins present a lovely amount on antioxidants and therefore, Shiraz is good for you.

Suggestions: Bolt To Wines 2016 Sidekick; Beckmen 2016 Purisima Mountain Vineyard Syrah

Chianti Classico: A good Chianti can make even the coldest days feel warm and sunny again. There’s something soul-fulfilling about this Italian red with its old school reputation and classic beauty, especially the Chianti Classico. Just a little bit more refined, this Sangiovese-based wine is earthy and rustic, and pairs well with anything that tastes good. In fact, it is lovely even with your Seamless order so get comfy on the couch with a nice blanket and crack open a bottle of this while you dig into your aluminum tin of penne alla vodka. You’re welcome.

Suggestions: Casa al Vento 2015 Aria; Carobbio 2013 Riserva

Vino Nobile di Montepulciano: The literal translation is “noble wine of Montepulciano” which has to tell you something about the quality of this wine. It’s a gorgeous red from the hills of Tuscany that gets picked at the peak of ripeness and aged in oak barrels. Bright fruit flavors and a lovely ruby red color make it a delight to drink, and it pairs well with pretty much anything you can think of. Plus, it’s a little different from whatever you’ve been buying for the last five years from the corner wine shop. Winter is the time to try new things, right?

Suggestions: Salcheto 2015; Boscarelli 2015 Costa Grande

Tempranillo: Nothing can brighten up a winter day like a spicy Spanish red! The dark fruit flavors and herbacious, earthy notes like dill and tobacco make it a perfect match for all the seasonal foods of winter: red meats, root vegetables, and everyone’s favorite carb- pasta. It can be aged for a pretty long time which results in the Reserva and Gran Reserva labels, so there are plenty of options to try.

Suggestions:Zuccardi 2016 Q Tempranillo; El Coto 2011 Coto de Imaz Gran Reserva

Port: Okay, we know the first reaction is to shy away from port but come on, it’s the perfect drink for winter. Hanging out by a fireplace, wrapped in a warm sweater, wearing furry slippers, sipping a little snifter of port? It’s straight out of the movie. It’s quite sweet but has an underlying acidity to balance it out, and is a fantastic finish to a large winter feast. And if it helps, the ABV is quite high so you’ll get a nice little buzz to keep you warm.

Suggestion: Quinta do Passadouro 2016 Passadouro Vintage (Port); Poças 2008 Colheita



FEATURED EVENTS

New York Wine Events

November 9, 2019

Brooklyn

Brooklyn Crush: Fall Edition

Experience the event Thrillist said was one of the things “You Absolutely Have to Do in NYC”

PURCHASE TICKETS
New York Wine Events

October 19, 2019

Chelsea, NYC

NYC Autumn Wine Festival

Highlighted by Grubstreet & New York Magazine as a “destination wine and food event”

PURCHASE TICKETS
New York Wine Events

August 24, 2019

Jamesport, NY

Jazz In The Vines: Alex Bugnon & Marc Antoine

A meeting of 2 contemporary jazz giants

PURCHASE TICKETS
New York Wine Events

August 10, 2019

Jamesport, NY

Jazz In The Vines: Peter White

An evening with an extraordinary guitarist and performer

PURCHASE TICKETS
New York Wine Events

August 3, 2019

Manhattan, Chelsea Piers

Rosé Splash

Midsummer cruise

PURCHASE TICKETS
New York Wine Events

July 20, 2019

Riverhead

Summer Rose and Bubbly Fest

in the middle of a beautiful 200-acre working winery!

PURCHASE TICKETS
New York Wine Events

July 13, 2019

Jamesport, NY

Jazz In The Vines: Spyro Gyra

A great opening evening for 2019

PURCHASE TICKETS
New York Wine Events

June 29, 2019

Lake George, NY

Adirondack Wine & Food Festival 2019

The 5th annual event is June 29 & 30th in scenic Lake George, NY.

PURCHASE TICKETS
New York Wine Events

June 22, 2019

Riverhead

North Fork Crush Wine & Artisanal Food Festival

Forget Napa–sample world class wines at a stunning vineyard without leaving New York!

PURCHASE TICKETS
New York Wine Events

June 4, 2019

Soho, NYC

Zinfandel Experience New York City

Sample the finest wines we present all year long.

PURCHASE TICKETS
New York Wine Events

May 18, 2019

Marlboro, NY

Wines & Bites!

Hudson Valley’s yummiest wine and food tasting event

PURCHASE TICKETS
New York Wine Events

May 11, 2019

Industry City, Brooklyn

Brooklyn Crush: Spring Edition

Forget the plane tickets to Napa – hop the subway to Sunset Park, where we’ve transformed Industry City into a wine region!

PURCHASE TICKETS
New York Wine Events

May 6, 2019

Chelsea, NYC

Oregon Wine Trail in New York City

60 Wineries sampling

PURCHASE TICKETS
New York Wine Events

March 26, 2019

New York, NY

NY Drinks NY Grand Tasting 2019

Join us on March 26th at the Rainbow Room in NYC for our next Grand Tasting!

PURCHASE TICKETS
New York Wine Events

March 9, 2019

New York's #1 Winter Tasting

NYC Winter Wine Festival

Bid the cold adieu (for a few hours) at the NYC Winter Wine Festival

PURCHASE TICKETS
New York Wine Events

January 17, 2019

IC Wine Club – Wine Tasting with Moore Brothers Wine Company

Back for another seasonal tasting

PURCHASE TICKETS
New York Wine Events

November 10, 2018

Brooklyn

Brooklyn Crush: Fall Edition

Experience the event Thrillist said was one of the things “You Absolutely Have to Do in NYC.”

PURCHASE TICKETS
New York Wine Events

October 20, 2018

Chelsea

NYC Autumn Wine Festival

Named by Grubstreet & New York Magazine as a destination wine and food event.

PURCHASE TICKETS

October 6, 2018

Long Island

Day Trip To Wine Country

Join New York Wine Events for a full-day Wine Tour to Long Island Wine Country. Available every Saturday, this experience transports you to the North Fork of Long Island, 2 hours from Manhattan with farms, wineries & artisan food. TICKET INCLUDES: Round trip bus travel via motor coach from Midtown Manhattan. You pick your date – Read More

PURCHASE TICKETS
New York Wine Events

September 1, 2018

Jamesport, NY

Jazz In The Vines: Vincent Ingala and Lindsey Webster

New York Wine Events is thrilled to present Vincent Ingala and Lindsey Webster at the spectacular Jamesport Vineyards on the North Fork of Long Island.

PURCHASE TICKETS
New York Wine Events

August 25, 2018

Jamesport, NY

Jazz In The Vines: David Benoit and Marc Antoine

New York Wine Events is thrilled to present David Benoit and Marc Antoine at the spectacular Jamesport Vineyards on the North Fork of Long Island!

PURCHASE TICKETS
New York Wine Events

August 11, 2018

Jamesport, NY

Jazz In The Vines: Jeff Lorber Fusion

New York Wine Events is thrilled to present Jeff Lorber Fusion at the spectacular Jamesport Vineyards on the North Fork of Long Island. A 2018 Grammy Award Nominee!

PURCHASE TICKETS
New York Wine Events

July 28, 2018

Riverhead

Summer Rose and Bubbly Fest

Rosé Wine + Rosé Champagne + Sparkling Wine + Music + Summer… on the East End of Long Island

PURCHASE TICKETS

June 23, 2018

Jamesport

North Fork Crush Wine & Artisanal Food Festival

North Fork Crush is your chance to sample wine at a working vineyard and receive tasting notes directly from celebrated North Fork winemakers!

PURCHASE TICKETS

June 6, 2018

Manhattan

Big Apple Zinfandel Experience
powered by ZAP

The BIG APPLE ZINFANDEL EXPERIENCE features some of the finest wines at any of our annual events. WHY?

PURCHASE TICKETS

RELATED WINE BLOGS

Wednesday, May 15th, 2019

The World’s Most Common Grape Varietals
There are literally thousands of varietals of grapes grown around the world, plus about a thousand more waiting to be discovered. Some are grown for wine, some are grown for juice, but each tells a story of the land it comes from. The varietal is the actual grape from which a wine or juice is - Read More
Read more...

Wednesday, May 8th, 2019

Brooklyn Crush: a Smorgasbord of Craft Foods and Craft Beverages
It’s time, folks! Now that it’s finally May, we’re in food and beverage festival season and coming up this weekend is our personal favorite (duh!), the Brooklyn Crush Wine & Artisanal Food Festival! This is an event that we’re excited for, not only because it’s one of our own, but because it really brings a - Read More
Read more...

Wednesday, April 24th, 2019

5 Things To Know When Tasting Wine
We’ve all been there- you’re at a dinner party and someone pours wine, and you’re about to go for it when you look around and see everyone swirling and sniffing their glass. Confusion ensues. Don’t worry, we’ll help you and then you can do it too! Sure, the art of wine tasting is deeply involved - Read More
Read more...
LOAD MORE