Wines & Warming Recipe Pairings for the Chilly Months Ahead
As the crisp, cold, air settles in and the leaves transform from their vibrant tapestry of reds and golds to brown mush on the floor, it's the perfect time to gather around the table and indulge in the rich, comforting flavours of the season.
Elevate your dining experience with these four mouth-watering recipes, each expertly paired with a distinctive wine from around the globe.
Pairing: Butternut Squash Risotto with Sage & Parmesan
Warm and velvety, this butternut squash risotto and rich Rhône red is a big and snuggly hug in a bowl and glass.
The creamy texture of the dish finds a perfect companion in a red wine from the Rhône Valley. The robust and spiced notes of this Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvèdre blend add depth, enhancing the earthy flavours of the sage and the sweetness of the butternut squash.
Pairing: Spanish Chorizo and Bean Stew
A golden rule for food and wine pairings is to couple the dishes with something from the same area. It seems obvious but it’s always a good place to start.
Transport yourself to the heart of Spain with a comforting Chorizo and Bean Stew, coupled with a glass of the nation’s finest.
The smoky, savoury flavours of chorizo meld with the earthiness of beans, creating a hearty dish. Pair this Spanish delight with a wine from one of the finest producers in the land: La Rioja Alta.
We suggest the Viña Alberdi Rioja Reserva for a match made in culinary heaven.
The Tempranillo adds a touch of elegance, while the aging brings depth and complexity to complement the richness of the stew.
Pairing: Creamy Garlic Parmesan Chicken with Roasted Vegetables
Indulge in the creamy goodness of Garlic Parmesan Chicken, its succulent texture and bold flavours enhanced by the rich, but not too buttery, Moorooduc Estate Chardonnay.
Coming from the Mornington Peninsula, south of Melbourne, the wine has beautifully ripe tropical fruit notes, and a balanced level of oak. This both pairs and contrasts with the dish as richness of the wine balances while the fresh acidity cuts through the decadent cream and garlic sauce.
A harmonious duo that will leave you cosy and content with your taste buds still dancing the night away.
Pairing: Aubergine Schnitzel
Zweigelt is a red wine grape variety originating from Austria, known for its vibrant dark fruit flavours and versatility.
The Ecker ‘Brilliant von Eckhof’ is deep in flavour but medium in body, with its cherry and berry notes, plus a touch of spice.
Couple it with a crunchy eggplant schnitzel.
The crispy coating on the aubergine, plus some roasted vegetables (and/or chips), with a glass of Zweigelt on the side is a wonderful pair. The crispy texture and mild flavour of the aubergine, alongside the spice and depth of the wine create a lively contrast.