Winter Food and Wine Pairings

by tarynlachter
Winter is the season of cooking.

It’s cold outside so you stay inside and make tasty things that warm up your home and your bellies.

We all know that fruits and vegetables are a bit limited during the winter season.

But that doesn’t mean they should sit in the corner and feel sad about not being a summer berry.

Winter is the season of cooking. It’s cold outside so you stay inside and make tasty things that warm up your home and your bellies. We all know that fruits and vegetables are a bit limited during the winter season but that doesn’t mean they should sit in the corner and feel sad about not being a summer berry. No, let that winter produce shine in its own right by complementing your meal with a perfectly paired bottle of wine!

Here are some fantastic pairings for some common winter dishes:

Butternut Squash Soup- Sauvignon Blanc

Butternut squash is different from its other squash buddies because of the unique sweetness it holds under that tough skin. The crisp acidity of a Sauvignon Blanc helps balance the sweet quality of the vegetable without erasing it completely. This goes for any preparation of your squash- soup, roasted, or even butternut squash gratin.

Raclette/ Salty Cheeses: Pinot Noir

Okay, it’s not a full meal but nothing warms up a freezing winter day like hot, melty cheese. We love raclette for that- it’s hearty and dense, and melts in such a gorgeous way that we want to put it on everything. It’s got a pretty high fat content which is what helps it turn to liquid gold but to offset some of the grease, go for a Pinot Noir. The fruity flavors plus fairly high tannins will cut that fat in half and add such a gorgeous note to the cheese itself.

Beef Stew- Malbec

Nothing says winter like dumping a bunch of things in a pot and calling it a stew. But honestly, how can you say no to a big bowl of beef stew with the carrots and potatoes and hunks of tender meat? You can’t. Wash it all down with a nice robust Argentinian Malbec which will just add to that earthy quality of the beef. If you want, you can even throw some into the pot which will help braise the beef to a tenderness you won’t believe.

Pork and Apples- Red Zinfandel

It’s a classic combination- pork loin with apples. They just go so well together and since apples are an all-season fruit, this is a great way to eat them in the winter. Add in a glass of a red Zinfandel and you’ve got yourself quite a meal. It’s lighter in color and not as intense as other reds like a Pinot or Malbec but it’s got a fairly robust flavor and just a slight touch of sweetness.

Roasted Vegetables- Chenin Blanc

Whether it’s sweet potatoes, white potatoes, beets, or parsnip, it’s a tuber that comes from the ground and tastes great when it’s roasted. These are hearty vegetables and they require a wine that can get through to their soft, delicious insides. Enter Chenin Blanc- a more vivacious wine compared to its cousin Sauvignon Blanc but with similar crisp, refreshing qualities. Pro-tip: Roast the veg with plenty of onion and garlic to really let the Chenin Blanc shine.



FEATURED EVENTS

New York Wine Events

September 23, 2020

Live Online Zoom Broadcast

Kotti Berliner – Food & Wine Pairing

Join us for a Virtual Food & Wine Pairing with Brooklyn’s Kotti Berliner. Explore delicious döner kebabs paired with wine. Meet Kotti founder, Erkan Emre.

RSVP FOR FREE
New York Wine Events

September 16, 2020

Live Online Zoom Broadcast

Broadbent Selections – Portugal

Join us for a Virtual Tasting with one of America’s leading importers of high-quality Portuguese wines.

RSVP FOR FREE
New York Wine Events

September 2, 2020

Live Online Zoom Broadcast

Cusumano Winery – Sicily, Italy

Join us for a Virtual Tasting with the maker of the #1 selling Sicilian wine in the U.S.

RSVP FOR FREE
New York Wine Events

August 26, 2020

Live Online Zoom Broadcast

Kunde Family Winery

Join us for a Virtual Tasting. The Kunde family has farmed an 1,850-acre estate in Sonoma Valley for 100 years.

RSVP FOR FREE
New York Wine Events

August 19, 2020

Live Online Zoom Broadcast

LangeTwins Family Winery and Vineyards

Join us for a Virtual Tasting. Great wine starts in the vineyard.

RSVP FOR FREE
New York Wine Events

August 12, 2020

Live Online Zoom Broadcast

Dutcher Crossing Winery

Join us for a Virtual Tasting. Distinctive and hand-crafted wines produced from award-winning vineyards.

RSVP FOR FREE
New York Wine Events

June 12, 2020

At Your Home

RGNY At-Home Blending Session

Be your own winemaker for a day — guided by a professional on Zoom video!

PURCHASE KIT & ZOOM TICKET
New York Wine Events

May 29, 2020

Live Online Zoom Broadcast

Virtual Wine & Pizza Tasting with Jamesport Vineyards

What’s better than great wine and artisanal pizza?

RSVP FOR FREE
New York Wine Events

May 28, 2020

Live Online Zoom Broadcast

Foxen Winery & Vineyard Virtual Tasting

Experience the magic of Santa Barbara wine.

RSVP FOR FREE
New York Wine Events

May 28, 2020

Live Online Zoom Broadcast

Foxen Winery & Vineyard Virtual Tasting

Experience the magic of Santa Barbara wine.

RSVP FOR FREE
New York Wine Events

May 21, 2020

Live Online Zoom Broadcast

Chateau Montelena Winery Virtual Tasting

This tasting will be epic.

RSVP FOR FREE
New York Wine Events

May 19, 2020

Live Online Zoom Broadcast

Ridge Vineyards Virtual Tasting – Monte Bello winery

The New York Times described Ridge Monte Bello as “America’s greatest Cabernet Sauvignon.”

RSVP FOR FREE
New York Wine Events

May 18, 2020

Live Online Zoom Broadcast

Tenuta di Lilliano Virtual Tasting

Very special tasting. Don’t miss it!

RSVP FOR FREE
New York Wine Events

May 15, 2020

Live Online Zoom Broadcast

Pedroncelli Winery Virtual Tasting

Four Generations of Family Pride at Pedroncelli Winery, since 1927

RSVP FOR FREE
New York Wine Events

May 14, 2020

Live Online Zoom Broadcast

Provence Rosé Group Virtual Tasting

The best rosé in the world comes from Provence.

RSVP FOR FREE
New York Wine Events

May 13, 2020

Live Online Zoom Broadcast

St. Francis Winery Virtual Tasting

Voted “#1 in America” in 2013 and 2015 by Open Table customers.

RSVP FOR FREE
New York Wine Events

May 12, 2020

Live Online Zoom Broadcast

Ridge Vineyards Virtual Tasting – Lytton Springs

The New York Times described Ridge’s Cabernet Sauvignon as America’s greatest.

RSVP FOR FREE
New York Wine Events

May 11, 2020

Live Online Zoom Broadcast

Oak Farm Vineyards Virtual Tasting

Visit the famous wine-growing region of Lodi County, California – virtually!

RSVP FOR FREE
New York Wine Events

May 8, 2020

Live Online Zoom Broadcast

Goldschmidt Vineyards Virtual Tasting

Visit Sonoma County – virtually!

RSVP FOR FREE
New York Wine Events

April 18, 2020

Marlboro, NY

Wines & Bites!

Hudson Valley’s yummiest wine and food tasting event

GET TICKETS
New York Wine Events

March 7, 2020

New York’s Premier Winter Wine Event

NYC Winter Wine and Food Festival

Enjoy a winter getaway without even leaving the city.

GET TICKETS
New York Wine Events

January 19, 2020

Riverhead, NY

RG|NY Blending Session

Join RG|NY winemaker Lilia Perez, for a unique tasting and blending session.

PURCHASE TICKETS
New York Wine Events

December 14, 2019

Ulster & Orange Counties, NY

Wreath Fineries at the Wineries

Don’t miss the ultimate holiday wine tasting event in the Hudson Valley. Sales end Thursday, Dec 12 at 11:59pm!

PURCHASE TICKETS
New York Wine Events

November 14, 2019

New York, NY

Around The World In 10 Wines

Experience a global tasting in 2 hours with award-winning artisan cheese and charcuterie

PURCHASE TICKETS
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

RELATED WINE BLOGS

Thursday, October 22nd, 2020

Get Ready for the Holidays
Somehow, 2020 is still going, and we’re almost at the holiday season. But what is time!  Anyway, you and your loved ones deserve some delicious wine for the holidays this year – well, you always do but it really feels necessary for 2020. Whether you’re having a Friendsgiving or actually making a trek to see - Read More
Read more...

Wednesday, October 7th, 2020

Event Spotlight: 2020 Virtual Autumn Wine & Food Festival
Every year, we look forward to our flagship event, the Autumn Wine & Food Festival. Bringing all of our guests together to celebrate small shops producing the most delicious food and wines – it is truly a joy!  So, we won’t lie and say there is disappointment in not being able to host this in - Read More
Read more...

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2020

Wine Intelligencer: What are Sulfites and Tannins?
Sulfites and tannins have a bad rap. They are said to be the source of “red wine headaches” and tend to be discouraged with the recent rise of organic and biodynamic wines. Let’s talk a little more about what these are and what they actually do for your wine. First, just to clear things up, - Read More
Read more...
LOAD MORE