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.
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.
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.
Rich 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
Plush, 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
Explore our mouth-watering collection
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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
Featuring 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
mushrooms with speck
. Or if it’s seafood you’re after, try
prosciutto-wrapped king salmon with crisp capers
New Wave Reds
For 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
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.
With 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.
Luscious 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.