This article was published on December 11th, 2017
Winter is here and everyone is looking for ways to stay warm in the cold weather. Don’t freeze to death: there are plenty of occasions to celebrate at Christmas. Look no further than your wine cabinet for finding some delicious libations to put a pep in your holiday step, while warming your blood by the fireplace. Here are five select winter wines to warm you this holiday season.
Prosecco: The Italians know what they are talking about with La Dolce Vita when it comes to abiding in some prosecco. This sparkling wine made in only Italy runs anywhere from sweet to dry and can be served/drank at any time of the day. Being a bubbly wine helps add to the celebratory side of the holidays. Live your own Christmas Roman Holiday with some delicious prosecco, great for toasting or simple winter abiding.
Pinot Noir. Pinot Noir is a classic red that is an all-around good wine to have during the holidays. It’s a medium range wine in flavor that won’t turn the noses of amateurs or connoisseurs, while still being a deliciously full-bodied red warming those that partake in it. Be a good guest and bring a bottle of Pinot Noir to the next holiday party you visit, letting the compliments roll in over gifting the most popular red wine to the occasion.
Riesling. Only produced in six countries, Riesling is a sweeter white wine that originated in the Rhine Valley of Germany more than 600 years ago. Its flavor tends to be sweet with hints of tree fruits, ginger, and honey, warming you up with cheer. Add one more German Tradition (Christmas Trees, Advent Calendars, Wreaths, Santa Claus) to your holidays this season with some decadent Riesling.
Malbec. Having originally started as a French wine whose grape was one of five grape types found in Bordeaux. It is more commonly known as an Argentine wine and now is one of that country’s largest exports. Malbec is also a fruit-flavored wine with hints of black cherry, pomegranate, cocoa, and coffee.
Syrah or Shiraz. Syrah is a deep red wine with an oaky finish paired perfectly with holiday cuisine. It’s one of the darkest and most full-bodied of red wines. It’s thick skin and high tannins give Syrah it’s smoky and woodsy completion. Syrah is the boldest of wines on this list, heating up any holiday party you host.