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Winter Food and Wine Matching Guide

Winter Food and wine matching guide

Winter is such a special season for wine enjoyment. As the nights close in and you cosy up against the cold, it’s the perfect time to indulge in rich, warming reds and the more full-bodied white styles.

Follow our winter and food matching guide to which wines to be enjoying this winter, then stoke the fire and fill the stockpot for a season filled with sensational flavours.

Malbec

Miguel-Maestres-chickpea-and-chorizo-hotpot-imageRobust and flavoursome, Malbec is the on-trend red to enjoy this winter. With its flavours of cocoa, red plum, sweet tobacco and vanilla, it has crowd-pleasing cool weather appeal.

With its high tannins and robust structure, Malbec needs food matches with big flavours. For a tasty starter, we this delectable beef and olive empanadas recipe . Or if it’s a winter dinner party you’re planning, try Miguel Maestre's chickpea and chorizo hotpot recipe.

Barossa Shiraz

Lyndey-Milans-Braised-Oxtail-with-Italian-flavours-imageRich and complex with its characters of dark fruits, rich spice, earth and chocolate, Barossa Shiraz is just sublime in winter.

Its wonderful fruit depth makes Shiraz a food-matching delight with so many options to choose from. For a classic winter feast, try braised oxtail with Italian flavours , or try a taste of Morocco with vegetarian harira .

Cabernet

Rag-pasta-with-pumpkin-sage-and-tomatoes-imagePlush, smooth and ready for hearty food, Cabernet is a classic winter wine. With its flavours of blackcurrant, cedar and plum, it’s oozing with charm and its elevated tannins make it exquisite with just about any lamb dish. Explore our mouth-watering collection or go straight for our recommendation of lamb pie .

Cabernet is also a match made in winter heaven with vegetarian dishes and you’ll thank us for recommending rag pasta with pumpkin, sage and tomatoes .

Pinot Noir

Julies-mushrooms-with-speck-imageFeaturing cranberry, cherry, raspberry and clove, Pinot Noir is the lighter red that’s perfect for winter lunches.

With its fine tannins, Pinot Noir pairs perfectly with winter lunch menus featuring gamey, earthy dishes, such as Julie Goodwin’s lovely Pinot partner of mushrooms with speck . Or if it’s seafood you’re after, try prosciutto-wrapped king salmon with crisp capers .

New Wave Reds

Spiced-lamb-kofte-with-cucumber-and-yoghurt-salad-imageFor winter evenings with a difference, there’s an exciting range of new wave of reds just perfect for the season. There are warming expressions of both Italian and French varieties, from lighter styles like Barbera and Sangiovese to bolder drops like Lagrein and Durif.

Keeping with the Italian theme, a delectable partnership would be Barbera with our bocconcini cherry tomato and basil pizza recipe, or venture across the Mediterranean to Greece with this spicedkofte with cucumber and yoghurt salad and a nice Durif.

Aged whites

Mark Olive Barramundi in Paperbark recipeWith their complex flavours, aged white wines can be a perfect winter choice. Hunter Valley Semillon is world famous for its ageing ability, developing toasty flavour persistence over time. Other whites with wonderful cellaring potential include Chardonnay, Riesling and Marsanne, which transform into silky, creamy drops with warming characters like honeysuckle and nougat.

Semillon and seafood is always a winner, and in winter, combining the rich characters of an aged expression with the flavour explosion in Mark Olive’s barramundi in paperbark recipe is guaranteed to impress. Aged Marsanne is a unique treat and another standout white to enjoy with Asian flavours. We love the inventive fusion of this this hearty sweet potato and parsnip soup with red curry and coconut cream recipe. 

Riesling

Luke-Nguyens-chilli-salted-squid-imageLuscious and flavoursome Riesling is another white that can take your winter entertaining to new levels. What makes it such a great seasonal choice is its delicious ability to match with aromatic Asian dishes like Luke Nguyen’s chilli salted squid recipe.

Embrace the flavours of winter!

Winter Lunch Pinot Noir Dozen

Featuring cranberry, cherry, clove and raspberry, Pinot Noir is the lighter red that’s perfect for winter lunch. So settle in for an afternoon of Pinot indulgence with this dozen from Wignalls, Hoddles Creek and more for just $18 a bottle!
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Winter Riesling Dozen

When it's barbequed sea scallops or chargrilled chicken, make sure you've got these Rieslings ready for winter. Featuring Eden Valley, Clare Valley, Yarra Valley, Orange, and even the Hunter Valley, this dozen is yours for just $15.50 a bottle.
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Malbec A La Mode Dozen

Robust, and flavoursome, Malbec is the on-trend red to enjoy this winter! With its flavours of cocoa, red plum, sweet tobacco and vanilla, it has crowd-pleasing cool weather appeal, as you’ll discover in this dozen for just $17 a bottle!
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Winter Feast Red Dozen

The sumptuous seasonal wines in this red dozen are made to be enjoyed with food and the Panel has curated a recipe collection included in your bonus tasting notes. Plus, receive a bonus bottle of Best's Great Western No 1 Shiraz 2013 valued at $25.
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Endless Winter Shiraz Dozen

With Shiraz’s luscious characters of plum, black pepper and leather on show in champions like the double Gold medal-winner from Willow Bridge, you’ll find yourself wishing for winter to never end. Order this dozen today for just $15.50 a bottle!
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Tawny 3-Pack

Caramel, coffee and crème brûlée - luxurious characters abound in this Tawny 3-pack, making them perfect for sipping late into the night. Yours for just $20.50 a bottle!
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Organic Flavours Red 6-Pack

Featuring a diverse range of red wine flavours perfect for winter evenings, this 100% organic 6-pack presents ideal Australian examples of what can be achieved in a chemical-free vineyard. Yours in this 6-pack for just $16 a bottle!
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Organic Flavours Red Dozen

Featuring a diverse range of red wine flavours perfect for winter evenings, this 100% organic dozen presents ideal Australian examples of what can be achieved in a chemical-free vineyard. Yours in this dozen for just $15 a bottle!
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Winter Feast Mixed Dozen

The sumptuous seasonal wines in this mixed dozen are made to be enjoyed with food and the Panel has curated a recipe collection included in your bonus tasting notes. Plus, receive a bonus bottle of Best's Great Western No 1 Shiraz 2013 valued at $25.
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New Wave Reds 6-Pack

Fill winter with new wave reds as you delight in Australian takes on Italian and French varieties. From lighter styles like Barbera and Sangiovese to bolder drops like Lagrein and Durif, they’re yours in this 6-pack for just $16.50 a bottle!
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