The 5 Best Cold Weather Wines to Cozy up With This Season, According to a Sommelier
As the chillier weather and darker days approach, our palates start to crave warm, full-bodied flavors. And as we trade in summer salads and barbecue fare for roasted veggies and other comforting cold weather recipes, it's time to also transition our wine selections to bottles that help enhance the autumnal flavors of our food.
"While Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are great go-tos, the seasonal change presents an opportunity to explore a new selection of wines," explains Christopher Hoel, founder of Harper's Club and Luckysomm, and expert wine curator for Wine Insiders and Martha Stewart Wine Co. Below are a few lesser-known—but equally enticing—wines that practically beg to be uncorked in cold weather months. Whether you're sipping them by the fireplace or pairing them with your favorite meal, Hoel knows you'll love warming up with one of these five fall wines.
Tips for Choosing the Right Bottle of Wine for Fall
Regardless of what you're in the mood for, understanding why certain wines are good for the fall will help you choose one best suited for the season. When selecting a bottle, Hoel says to consider three aspects: acidity, alcohol content, and the wine's region.
A good fall wine should be like our favorite sweaters: warm and comforting. That's not to say it isn't the perfect time to embrace change and let the seasonal transition usher in new wines, but there's no harm in sticking with what you love either.