With chillier evenings on the horizon, there’s no better way to warm up this holiday season than with a bold vintage layered with the tastiest of tannins. Our maestro of vintages at Herringbone in La Jolla, California shared his guide to the more robust reds that go hand in hand with cooler temps and comforting winter dishes. From a simple sip of a Merlot to the adventures of a Rioja, there is a wine for every occasion and every bite you might come across this holiday season.
Top Varietals for the Winter:
Syrah – perfect for those looking for hearty, spicy wine.
Zinfandel – a zesty, berry flavor wine.
Cabernet Sauvignon – a full-bodied flavor best paired with red meat.
Merlot – a little easier of a sip on your taste buds.
Barolo – a wine produced in Italy with high tannin’s.
Barbaresco – a wine filled with spice and deep berry flavors.
Rioja – a Spanish wine that a first tastes like a Cabernet Sauvignon and then finishes like a Pinot Noir.
Cabernet Franc – a medium bodied vintage with flavors that can range from strawberries, red plum and chili peppers.
We had Alex take a peek at our own Wine List to share his top three winter-approved labels. We can’t wait for you to join us this winter and sip them for yourself!
Merlot, Matanzas Creek, Sonoma County 2013
Zinfandel, Edmeades, Mendocino 2014
Cabernet Sauvignon, Route Stock, Napa Valley 2014