The cold snap in the air means winter is here, which is good news if you like making cold-weather, one-pot meals like stew. While you’ve probably seen dishes like cassoulet and braised short ribs on restaurant menus year round, we think these kinds of foods taste better when we actually need something to stick to our ribs.
Here are some ideas for wines to drink with some of our favorite hearty winter soups and stews:
Beef Bourguignon – Is there anything better than luxurious beef, bacon and vegetable stew with a side of perfect mashed potatoes? If there is, we can’t think of it. This dish, the perfect meal to enjoy while sitting by a fire, calls for a pinot noir that’s rich in both fruit and complexity.
Our pick: HANDLEY CELLARS Pinot Noir 2012 (Anderson Valley, California) $32
New England Clam Chowder – An unctuous and silky soup with lots of cream, potatoes and clams, calls for a wine with some richness, tempered by fresh acidity. This is the perfect time to pull out one of those buttery chardonnays you know you love.
Our pick: ROMBAUER Chardonnay 2014 (Carneros, California) $34
Coq au Vin – This classic French chicken dish starts with chicken that’s braised and slowly simmered with veggies in a pinot noir broth. So it’s not hard to figure out what to drink with it.
Our pick: BOUCHARD PERE et FILS Savigny Les Beaune “Les Lavieres” Pinot Noir 2012 (Burgundy, France) $40.
Cioppino – An Italian-esque seafood stew that originated in San Francisco, cioppino is a savory, slightly spicy tomato base studded with shrimp, clams, crab and scallops. This dish cries out for a juicy rosé which, because of its fruit, can work well even in winter.
Our pick: CRIOS DE SUSANA BALBO Rosé 2014 (Salta, Argentina) $12
Posole – This classic Mexican soup stars tender hominy and pork in an earthy chicken broth flavored with tomato, garlic and cumin. It’s light and intensely flavorful, and calls for a wine with both of those attributes.
Our pick: CEJA Vino de Casa Red Blend 2011 (Napa Valley, California) $20
What’s your favorite winter stew and wine pairing? Tell us below.