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Winter Dishes and Wine Pairings!

by Joanna On January 7th, 2016


When Chekhov saw the long winter, he saw a winter bleak and dark and bereft of hope. Yet we know that winter is just another step in the cycle of life. But standing here among the people of Punxsutawney and basking in the warmth of their hearths and hearts, I couldn’t imagine a better fate than a long and lustrous winter. ~ Phil Connors – Groundhog Day

It’s cold out there! Correction, it is very, very cold.  However winter is what you make of it, and while the limitations that come with arctic storm fronts can be stressful, they also give you an opportunity to make some hearty winter dishes, and pair them with the perfect wine for a warm and cozy night with the one(s) you love.

In the spirit of winter we are going to present to you three winter dish recipes and three corresponding wine pairings, in hopes that you turn that frown upside down, and learn to love the cold, cold dark months that come with living in New York City.

Cold weather calls for hearty foods that will keep you warm and strong as the elements wreak havoc on your day to day.  From soups, to chili, to goulash there is a stewish dish right up your alley!  Packed with the nutrients needed to get through the rough days and long nights, the warmth to bring you back from the overcoming chills, and the heartyness to toughen you up and get you prepared for another day!

Remember in the depths of winter comes the inspiration for all that is good about the summer, but you won’t be able to do much brainstorming on an empty stomach.

Recipe/wine pairing 1: Goulash w/ Boneshaker Zinfandel


Pairs a delicious Goulash, recipe at the link provided, with our Boneshaker Zinfandel from Lodi, CA

Some notes on Boneshaker Zinfandel, 2014:

Brick red and deep purple in the glass with enticing aromatics of dried plums, black cherry jam, and a hint of vanilla incense.  One sip unveils flavors of blackberry, dark chocolate, and licorise.  Smooth on the finish with bracing tannins and lingering notes of blueberry and spice.  Boneshakers full body is a great pairing for meaty chuck chili, grilled pork belly, or a juicy mushroom hamburger.


Recipe/wine pairing 2: Beef Chili w/ Hidden Valley Pinotage


There are many ways to make a beef chili, and in reality they are all good.  Here is a recipe from Rachel Ray if you need guidance.  May we suggest pairing your chili with Hidden Valley Pinotage 2013 from Stellenbosch, South Africa.

Here are some tasting notes on the Hidden Valley Pinotage 2013:

This wine is big and bold, yet surprisingly soft on the palate.  Plum, dark fruit and chocolate aroma’s follow through to rich mocha flavors intermingled with mulberry, spice, and blackberry.  Mild Tannins and acidity making it an easy drinking, full bodied red.


Recipe/wine pairing 3: Kale and Chorizo soup: Corte Giara Soave Doc 2014 or sake


Feeling slightly more adventurous?  How about a Kale and Chorizo soup?  The recipe linked here comes from Emeril Lagasse and can easily be paired with our Corte Giara Soave, 2014 or any of the many Sake’s we carry.  Yes, Sake and Kale are an amazing pairing!

Some tasting notes on the Corte Giara Soave, 2014:

This classic Veronese white wine is striking for its fresh and inviting breadth of aromas, sketched out with wild flowers and white peaches, and vibrant vegetal notes.  Fresh and simple with a supple body, dry, and smoothly rounded on the palate. 


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