The leaves are changing color, and the air is getting crisp, which can only mean one thing—fall is here! As the weather cools down, our cravings for comfort food start to heat up. From creamy pasta dishes to hearty stews, there are so many delicious options to choose from. But what about the wine? And what goes better with comfort food than a nice glass of wine? Here are some great food and wine pairings to help you get through the fall and winter months.
1. Spaghetti Squash with Tomato Sauce and Stella Rosa Wine
This pairing is healthy and delicious! The acidity in the tomato sauce brings out the fruity notes in the Stella Rosa wine, while the spaghetti squash provides a subtle background flavor. We all know that many fruits and vegetables are limited for consumption during the winter season. This doesn’t mean you should feel sad for the season. Ask yourself, “Where is Stella Rosa wine near me?” Find out and go get some.
2. Roasted Brussels Sprouts With Bacon and Chardonnay
This pairing is perfect for anyone who loves Brussels sprouts! The roasted Brussels sprouts have a slight bitterness offset by the creamy Chardonnay. In addition, roasting makes the Brussels sprouts crispy on the outside and soft in the middle. They can also be seasoned in different ways, which makes a perfect taste that excites you in the season. Furthermore, Brussels sprouts are abundant during the winter as it is their harvest season. The bacon adds a smoky element that ties everything together.
3. Beef Stew With Cabernet Sauvignon
This hearty stew is perfect for a cold winter day! The combination is just perfect for warming and relaxing. The bold Cabernet Sauvignon complements the rich flavors of the beef stew. This pairing is sure to warm you up from the inside out. Your family needs a hearty dinner full of satisfying flavors for the cold season, and this combination suits them.
4. Pumpkin Pie With Riesling
Pumpkin pie is a Fall classic! The sweetness of the Riesling brings out the flavors of the pumpkin pie, while the spices in the pie complement the fruity notes in the wine. This pairing is sure to please your taste buds!
5. Apple Crisp With Red Zinfandel
This sweet and crunchy dessert is paired with a light, bubbly Red Zinfandel. The wine’s sweetness enhances the apple crisp’s flavors, while the bubbles add a refreshing element. This pairing is perfect for anyone with a sweet tooth!
6. Roasted Chicken and Chardonnay
There’s nothing quite like a roasted chicken straight out of the oven on a cold day. The key to pairing it with the perfect wine is to find one that will complement the chicken without overwhelming it. A good rule of thumb is to match the dish’s fat level with the level of acidity in the wine. That’s why we recommend pairing roasted chicken with a chardonnay. The creaminess of the Chardonnay will stand up to the richness of the chicken, while its acidity will cut through the fat.
7. Beef Stew and Merlot
Beef stew is another classic comfort food that’s perfect for chilly weather. When pairing it with wine, you want to find a red with enough body to stand up to the hearty stew but isn’t too tannic or high in alcohol. Merlot is an excellent option because it has soft tannins and moderate alcohol. Plus, its fruitiness will help accentuate the flavors of the stew.
8. Grilled Salmon and Sauvignon Blanc
Grilled salmon is a healthy option that can be enjoyed all year round, but it’s incredibly delicious when served with a glass of Sauvignon Blanc. The bright acidity of Sauvignon Blanc helps offset the salmon’s richness, while its herbal notes help bring out the flavor of the grill. This is a light, refreshing pairing that’s perfect for any season!
These are just a few of our favorite fall or winter food and wine pairings. So next time you’re feeling chilly and craving something comforting, reach for one of these combinations. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do! Cheers!