Food and Wine Matching: Winter Warmers
With the great diversity on display in Australian wine and in this country’s rich food culture, there’s no shortage of fantastic food and wine matches to make your mouth water this winter. With that in mind, we’ve gone through our recipe book to bring you our top Winter Warmer food and wine matches – so fire up the oven, get your glass ready, and prepare to savour these fine winter flavours!
If you love… light to medium-bodied whites like Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Vermentino and Pinot G
Bring a sparkle to any winter evening with these fresh and zingy styles! Their crunchy acidity and bright fruit flavours pair naturally with dishes containing white meat, vegetables and cheese, and balance the richness of pastry well. Try a delicious goat’s cheese pasta with your Riesling, or a tasty spinach and ricotta pie with your next Sauvignon Blanc. Or, if you really want to indulge, go for Matthew Evans’ chicken koftas with cucumber and mint yoghurt and a glass of Vermentino, or pair your Pinot G with this delightful minced prawn and pork soup with Asian greens from David Thompson. Your tastebuds can thank us later!
If you love… medium to fuller-bodied whites like Fiano, Verdelho, Roussanne and Chardonnay
Rich and textural, fuller-bodied white wines make for perfect winter wines. Such varieties also have the generosity to pair well with dishes containing richer sauces, as well as creamy risotto, or any other winter dish with a full flavour profile.
Our picks this winter? You can’t go wrong with a glass of Fiano and a simple pumpkin and spinach risotto from Lyndey Milan, but we think you’ll also love this sweet potato and parsnip soup with red curry coconut cream with a Verdelho. Alternatively, make your meal a bit meatier and serve up a chicken tajine with preserved lemon, almonds and olives to enjoy with a glass of Roussanne, or pour a Chardonnay to pair with this classic Shanghai stir-fired pork noodles recipe by Leslie Chan. Delish!
If you love… light to medium-bodied reds like Pinot Noir, Nero d’Avola, Grenache and Merlot
Who doesn’t love the earthy and spicy styles of lighter bodied reds? After all, they’re some of the most food-friendly wines around – perfect with mushroom or oily fish dishes, pasta, and hearty tomato-based soups, they make for a silken pairing that is more than the sum of its parts.
For your next winter indulgence, try a mushroom and brie flan with a Pinot, Silvia Colloca’s rainbow chard and ricotta cannelloni with a glass of Nero, or this fabada Asturiana by Miguel Maestre to enjoy with a tasty Grenache. Or, keep things simple with Stefano Manfredi’s delicious minestrone recipe and some Merlot. Bellissimo!
If you love… medium to fuller-bodied reds like Shiraz, Tempranillo, Cabernet and Malbec
A classic winter feast is often about enjoying the biggest, richest flavours your larder can offer, and for meals like that you can’t beat one of the bigger reds. Reserve the richest wine styles for more robust and hearty dishes, especially if they’re roasted, char-grilled or slow-cooked – it will really enhance the ‘comfort food’ factor.
Ramp up the heat with David Thompson’s country beef curry with chillies and holy basil – perfect with Shiraz – or indulge in a pistachio-crusted lamb rack with tahini cucumber sauce from Bryan Anton alongside your next Cabernet. If you’re a lover of beef, you can’t beat a Malbec with this veal osso bucco with crispy capers, while lovers of Spanish food should pour a Tempranillo to team up with the flavours of Miguel’s chickpea and chorizo hotpot.
If you love… sweet and fortified wines like Botrytis, Late Harvest, Tawny and Muscat
Delicious, delectable, and indulgent, fortified and sweet wines aren’t just for afters – they also make the ideal aperitif and can make wonderful accompaniments to cheeses as well as a lot of pastry-based dishes.
Try Lyndey Milan’s kumara and maple syrup loaf with walnuts for a lush treat, or Marco Pierre White’s lemon tart. We’d also recommend whipping up a classic apple strudel, or – for something especially naughty – a soft-centred warm chocolate and chilli pudding… Now, if you’ll excuse us, it’s time for a bit of a lie down!
There you have it – a list of winter warmers that gives ticks all those classic comfort food boxes! What food and wine matches are you enjoying this winter? Share your picks with us on our social channels, and a hearty bon appetit to you all!