If the wines rosés marry better with the summer, for the arrival of cold front two sommelières highlight which grapes go with the cold climate – and which dishes best harmonize with the labels.
According to Wine, grapes that produce fuller-bodied wines, such as Touriga Nacional, Tempranillo, Syrah, Pinotage, Nero d’Avola, Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon are ideal for the winter. Another tip is to bet on wines with higher alcohol content, as alcohol helps to warm the body.
“Wines that have passed through wood are also good options, as they have warm aromatic notes, as well as wines with aromas of black pepper, fruit in jam and jam”, explains Wine sommelier Paula Daidone.
Following this reasoning, it is possible to taste even whites and sparkling wines in winter. For sommelier Cibele Siqueira, “Just opt for white grapes that give rise to full-bodied wines, such as Chardonnay, Sémillon, Antão Vaz and Viognier, especially if they have been through wood”.
Sparkling wines made using the traditional method are also good options, especially those with more than 6 months of autolysis. With the process, the wine gains more body and creaminess, in addition to warm notes, such as almonds and dried fruit.
Wine consumption increased last year, especially in winter. According to data from the International Organization of Vine and Wine (OIV), in 2020, wine consumption in Brazil grew by 18.4%. And the month of July was responsible for 26.13% of all wine sold in 2020, according to the Brazilian Union of Viticulture (Uvibra).
Sparkling Toro Loco DO Cava Brut (51.90 reais)
With aromas of white flowers, fresh fruits such as apple and pear, with notes of wholegrain bread and apricot, this Cava is prepared using the traditional method. In the mouth, it is light, refreshing, with fruity notes and a pleasant finish. O label harmonizes with seafood, sushi & sashimi, grilled tuna, quiche lorraine, chicken pie & traditional bruschetta.
Pêra Doce Regional Alentejano Branco 2020 (42.90 reais)
This white wine is made with two white varieties native to Portugal, Antão Vaz and Arinto. Perfect to accompany fried fish, grilled vegetables, shrimp skewers, stuffed tomatoes, bruschetta and salad with grilled chicken.
Partridge Flying Cabernet Sauvignon 2020 (36,90 reais)
With a perfect balance between fruit and wood, this red is produced in Mendoza, Argentina’s main wine region. Combines with penne with juice, stuffed polpetone, cheese risotto, pizza marguerita, onion steak and meat pancake.
Finca Martha Merlot 2020 (36,90 reais)
An elegant Merlot made with grapes from vineyards located in Mendoza, one of the best regions in Argentina. A great choice to accompany eggplant with raisin caponata, zucchini stuffed with rice and ground beef, meat empanadas, chicken parmigiana, steak onion, beef quesadilla with cheese or Portuguese pizza.
Labels can be purchased through the Wine website (wine.com.br).
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