Staying Warm with Red Wine
We're at that point in the season now where the festivities of the holidays are definitely behind us and the cold, dark winter days are starting to seem like they could go on forever. It's hard to keep your morale up at this time of year, but there's a magical elixir that works wonders for your spirits as you ride out the second half of winter: red wine!
There are a few reasons to drink red in the winter, the most interesting of which is that red wine will actually make your body feel warmer by dilating your blood vessels and increasing your blood flow. The tannins and histamines found in red wine can also cause a warming reaction in your body. Combined, these elements lead to that tingly glow you get after a few sips of red.
Many red wines are also more appropriate to drink in the winter than many whites because the body of red wine is heavier and more robust. That body is what your body craves in the colder temperatures. In addition, most red wines should be served at room temperature, which is more appropriate for the winter than the slightly chilled temperature that's recommended for some lighter white wines such as Sauvignon Blanc.
And finally, there's the food pairing aspect. In the doldrums of winter, what we want are hearty and comforting foods, and there's no better accompaniment for those types of meals than red wine. The richer the dish (think braised meats and vegetables and thick sauces), the more robust your wine should be.
So if you're feeling like winter will never be over, pour yourself a glass of red wine and get cozy in front of the fireplace. There are only seven more weeks until the spring! Here are a few of our favorite reds for warming you up until we get there: