In 2019, VinePair workers author and former skilled chef Tim McKirdy wrote a chunk known as “Raising a Glass to Beef Bourguignon, ‘One of the Most Delicious Beef Dishes Concocted by Man.’” In it, he waxes on and off a few dish that may appear fairly intimidating — nearly requiring you to plan your weekend across the recipe, somewhat than the opposite means round. By the point I completed studying the article, I used to be prepared to just do that. I haven’t but. Actual speak: The superb odds of lacking a step or utter failure has saved this cussed Capricorn from taking the plunge.
However in the course of the chilly months, Tim’s article typically pops into my thoughts. Will this be the winter I try the recipe? I would like to reap the reward of supping that demi-glace broth because the soaked, seared, and softened meat and greens soften into my palate. With it, I’d sip on a glass of the Pinot Noir I used to make this hearty dish. The concept simply feels so cozy.
That’s the thought, proper? Cozy. Within the chilly areas of the U.S., we hunker down, settle in, and take into consideration the denser facet of consuming. Not solely do hearty meals heat us up, however again within the day, the winter solstice was typically a time of reaping and slaughter — storing up produce from the autumn harvest, in addition to meat from animals that won’t survive the winter. So it’s solely pure to crave heavy dishes when it’s snowing.
In fact it’s a bit totally different in fashionable society, with every part accessible all the time. However nonetheless, the thought of constructing a stick-to-your-ribs meal when it’s 20 levels outdoors simply hits proper. At some point, on the opposite facet of this pandemic, I could have to carry Tim in for some counseling as I try “one of the vital scrumptious beef dishes concocted by man.” However for now, I’ll stick to what I do know: casseroles, pastas with meat sauce, and different very easy-to-put-together winter dishes, like meatloaf and baked ziti.
Large, meaty dishes — and even dense veggie meals like mushroom lasagna — deserve considerably heavy-ish, purple dense wines. They don’t have to be large, however they need to undoubtedly be structured. Distinguished tannins to match the protein of the meat and balanced acidity to elevate the core of hefty fruit will add a notion of weight and complement the heaviness of a winter dish.
So which wines will heat the soul with a comforting meal? Listed here are some to get you began.
Fox Run Vineyards Cabernet Franc 2018
Good and juicy with rounded richness, this wine smells like blackberries, olives, and bell peppers. The balanced acidity lifts the burden of the wine simply sufficient for a home made meatloaf or savory potato pie perfumed with nutmeg and thyme.
Poliziano ‘Asinone’ Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG 2017
Italian wine and massive meals naturally go collectively. This wine continues to be ageing, however consuming it’s like a comfortable purple now. The tannins are nonetheless a bit grippy, and the fruit is earthy and wealthy. It smells like cranberries, cherries, and a whiff of autumn. It’s smooth sufficient to pair with hen cacciatore or perhaps a creamy, crunchy mac and cheese.
Dogwood & Thistle Oppenlander Winery Pinot Noir 2018
I requested Tim what purple wine he would pair together with his beef bourguignon, and he laid it down like this: “When mastering a traditional BB, I’d say there’s a powerful case for utilizing one thing like an American Pinot.” I second that emphatically, and recommend this superior Northern Cali Pinot Noir. It’s excellent for this dish. It has vibrant berry fruit and a comfortable depth emanating from the core of the fruit. The acidity is excellent, lighting the wine on the palate, and it’s earthy sufficient to maintain up to meat and broth.
Vietti Tre Vigne Barbera d’Asti DOCG 2018
That is an instance of construction greater than depth. The fruit is targeted, the acidity is lean, and tannins type the body of the wine. It’s good and earthy, broad on the palate, and will simply tuck in with an involtini or pork chops, breaded and drowned in purple sauce.
Chateau Greysac 2015
For leaner proteins, a robust but elegant purple is so as. This Bordeaux is simply that. The fruit nearly hangs in suspension on the palate, showcasing the depth of the wine with out overwhelming the palate. It wafts with blackberries and soil, and would sing with braised hen legs or lamb shanks cooked with cinnamon and cardamom.
Allegrini Amarone della Valpolicella Classico DOCG 2015
Amarone is among the largest wines on the market. And when it’s balanced, it’s magical how one thing so full and candy could be so spicy and balanced. This is a wonderful instance. It has superb acidity, protecting the nuances of the wine entrance and heart. It smells like darkish chocolate and cherries flecked with cracked black pepper. It could maintain up to one thing so simple as sausages with stewed cabbage or as sophisticated as a coq au vin.