In wintertime, we tend to look for wines with more tannins, structure and alcohol. Here is an interesting selection of winter wines that you may never have tried, and will be happy you did.
Domaine Cazes Côtes Catalanes Cap au Sud 2017
The South of France provides a surprising quality and price ratio with its wines, including many organic wines like this one. It is fresh, full of black fruits like blackberry, floral with lavender and violet, a hint of mild spices. Truly a deal.
Pairing: grilled vegetables, sausage; beef, pork or chicken kebab.
50% Mourvèdre 50% Syrah, Côtes Catalanes, France, 750 ml, $13.20
Foco Garnacha Carinera 2017
Foco means projector, the Grenache grape truly shines here. The vines are old and are planted in altitude which brings freshness. Lots of red and black fruit, mild spices, easy to drink, full in the mouth and really enjoyable; a deal also!
Pairing: grilled vegetables or meat kebab, sausages, charcuterie.
100% Grenache,Vallée de l’Ebre (Carinena), Espagne, 750 ml, $14
Planeta Frappato 2017
Sicily, a sunny island south of Italy, produces great wines. It is so appealing on the nose. We taste ripe cherries and wild strawberry; it is juicy, slightly smokey, fresh, easy to drink and so enjoyable! (Planeta Sicilia 2018 is a delicious alternative in rosé at only $16.95. )
Pairing: charcuterie, veal cutlet, salmon filet with a spice crust.
100% Frappato, Vittoria, Sicily, 750 ml, $21.95
Tarapaca Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
The sunny Maipo valley in Chili brings us surprising winter wines with character! Mountains and coast are omnipresent here. Black cherries, smoked, spices, dark chocolate, slightly oaked, with velvet tannins and tobacco leaves, full bodied. So long in the palate — it is a must!
Pairing: spare ribs, grilled marinated beef and vegetables.
91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Malbec, 2% Petit Verdot, Maipo Valley, Chili, 750 ml, $18
Note: For red wines, I would suggest putting them in the fridge at least 20 minutes before serving. Santé! ■
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