It’s cold, grey and gloomy out there and the weather shows no sign of letting up any time soon. Luckily Josiah Kahiu is at hand to help you choose the perfect glass to cure your cold season blues.
As we all know, winter is coming (yes Kenya does have a winter of sorts) and while you are preparing to overhaul your wardrobe with wooly sweaters and comfortable TV wear, I thought it was time to help you choose your wines accordingly for those comfy nights in.
When we think of cold season wines, we inevitably think red wines. One of my favourite classic red wines out there that is perfect for all seasons but specifically stands out, is a Barolo. This wine, made from Northern Italian Nebbiolo grapes, can be deceiving in appearance. Its elegant pale colour would suggest a Pinot Noir but that is as far as the similarities go. This wine has high acidity and lively tannins that will leave your palate asking for more. It is perfect for those meaty meals and will provide an experience that few will forget.
As you try to keep warm with your big stews and grilled meats, there is a big bold wine that fits the bill perfectly. An Argentine or Australian Shiraz is a winner in this category. Its strong fruit forward aromas with a generally high alcohol content (1415% ABV) make it the perfect wine to keep you warm. It is not considered a subtle wine, so pay close attention to the food pairing. As mentioned, it matches perfectly with grilled meats and will leave you comfortably full while passing the night away warm on your sofa.
If you are looking for something warm and familiar, nothing beats a good Cabernet Sauvignon. The layered complexity of a Cabernet Sauvignon is the perfect gloomy weather companion. Whether it is diving into your slow cooked duck or that medium rare steak, this wine will leave you in that perfect state of hibernation as you wait for the clouds to pass.
No winter red wine list can be complete, in my opinion, without my favourite Italian classic – Sangiovese. This traditional, rustic wine is earthy with high acidity and tannins – two key ingredients to keep you warm. This wine goes with an assortment of dishes and will even cater for those vegetarians among you. Perfect with meals or as a stand-alone wine, its complex nose is good for sniffing while you sink into your new book or while binge-watching your favourite Netflix show.
For those of you out there who think is it only red wines that are suitable for this season, guess again. Oaked Chardonnays are wonderful this time of year. Nothing evokes sitting at home and enjoying a glass of wine like a full-bodied Chardonnay. Its buttery, vanilla and caramel flavours are a perfect match for those warm cream-based soups, creamy pasta sauces and chicken. So if you are not in the mood for a red wine, I suggest you look for a Burgundy Chardonnay, it will not leave you disappointed.
So there you are, your winter wine guide. Don’t let the gloominess of the weather get you down, there is always a glass of wine to save you from the melancholy.
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