Cold is Back on the Menu – Here’s How to Warm Up

By / Wine + Drinks / March 12th, 2014 / 1

I just heard on the news that more cold is coming, and with that cold there will be more snow.  Old Man Winter sure doesn’t want us getting used to seeing any grass out there.  And on what day is that cold and snow supposed to arrive?  That would be today:  Wednesday.

So with that bit of good news I thought about snow storms and what I like to eat on those cold blustery days in the middle of winter: homemade beef stew.

And what do I pair those stews with?  The heartiest wines I can put my hands on … here are a few I would be happy to pair my beef stew days with:

Atalon 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley (California) – $36.95

Lots to like here with black currant, black cherry and smoky vanilla on the nose, leading to red and black fruit, gentle spice and a hint of caramel on the finish.

Pirramimma 2010 Petit Verdot (Australia) – $24.95

This one lives up to the PV’s legacy of peppery-spice which wraps plum, raspberry and oak into its cocoon.

Domaine La Guintrandy 2009 Vieilles Vignes Cairanne (France) – $19.95

Savory and juicy are two words I would use to describe this one, with plenty of raspberry and black cherry rolled in fine herbs and spices.

For more wine suggestions, see our other #WineWednesday posts.

Michael is an award-winning journalist: Promoting the Promoters Award Cuvée 2010 and Ontario Wine Awards Journalist of the Year 2012.  He is also a national and international wine judge - Ontario Wine Awards, All Canadian Wine Championships; Best of Riesling — Germany; Essencia do Vinho — "Top Wines of Portugal".  He is currently the President of the Wine Writers Circle of Canada and the wine columnist for Ottawa Life and Grand magazine as well as regular contributor to Tidings, and Grapevine ... his reviews have also appeared in the LCBO Vintages magazine. Michael has also added a YouTube channel to his activities where he reviews bottles of great Ontario wine on a weekly basis. In whatever he does, it is Michael’s desire to educate, inspire and encourage others to grow their own love and enthusiasm for wine – and to realize that it is their palate that ultimately makes the decision.

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