6 Red Wines That Pair Perfectly with a Roaring Fire
It’s negative two degrees outside, and all you want to do is hibernate inside, watch Netflix, play board games and eat giant bowls of soup. We get it. That’s why we rounded up six warm and toasty vinos that pair perfectly with a roaring fire (and your favorite fuzzy blanket).
Joe Dobbes 2014 Pinot Noir
This ultra-smooth sipper features notes of warm red fruit, hibiscus and herbal spice flavors. After every sip, it lingers in your mouth with pleasant tannins and bright acidity. We recommend pairing it with a plate of crudité (or just baby carrots and hummus).
Toad Hollow 2015 Merlot
Because of a very warm harvest, all of the flavors were concentrated in fewer grapes, creating a lush, unusual wine. Brambly blueberries, violet aromas and smokiness make this bottle anything but your grandma’s vino.
Donati Family Vineyard 2014 Claret
Fermented in stainless steel, then aged in oak, this subtle red (part Cabernet Sauvignon, part Merlot) reminds us of candied cherries, vanilla and buttery toast—aka a bunch of our favorite comfort foods.
Steelhead Vineyards 2014 North Coast Red
Made from six different varietals, this masterpiece proves that the sum is greater than its parts. It’s highly drinkable but complex (think: cherry, plum, blackberry and toasty oak—yum). Don’t be surprised if you kill the bottle in under an hour.
Mercer Horse Heaven Hills Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
Perfect for sipping while letting a piece of your favorite dark chocolate melt on your tongue. This elixir tastes like ripe blueberries, blackberry jam, cocoa and espresso. Doctor’s orders—it’s good for your heart.
Starmont Winery and Vineyards 2015 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Unlike other over-ripe Napa Cabs, this gem is restrained, balanced and approachable. Pair it with your favorite cozy winter soup, or enjoy it solo.