You may be asking yourself, do wines really have seasons? They do and generally it has to do with their flavor and the foods the wines are best paired with. Wine is a very intricate drink and mixing the wrong flavors can really ruin your whole experience. Many people think that you can drink any wine you want with any meal. Most avid wine drinkers would cringe at the thought. This is why it is good to do a little bit of research on which wines will go best with your holiday meals this winter. As our food tastes change from season to season, so should our wine tastes. From full bodied whites in the fall to crisp whites in the summer, it is interesting to find the right kind of wine for the right season. So what is the right wine for winter?
Winter wines are generally more full-bodied reds. This is because their full, rich flavor pairs best with the heartier dishes you tend to eat in the winter. However, that is not your only option. Everyone enjoys celebrating with a glass of sparkling wine as well. Here is a list of the top winter wines to drink this holiday season:
- Malbec: Dry, red
- Syrah: Dry, red
- Zinfandel: Red: can be dry, semi-sweet or sweet
- Cabernet Sauvignon: Dry, red
- Bordeaux Blend: Dry, red
- Oaked Chardonnay: Sweet, white
- Sparkling Wine
There are many different wines to choose from, and remember that food pairing is important if you want to fully enjoy your meal and wine. So next time you go to bring a bottle of wine as a dinner gift this holiday season, keep this list in mind and you can’t go wrong. If you want to become more of a wine aficionado then visit the Napa Valley. Stay at Wine Country Inn and experience the best of wine tastings and Napa Valley dining.