Wine Pairings to Toast Your Winter Roast

Pork RoastEnjoying warming aromas of slowly roasting meats coming from the kitchen oven while watching giant snow flakes cover the frozen ground is my most comforting indoor winter pastime.

Roasting uses dry heat that surrounds the meat, cooking it evenly on all sides to enhance flavor by caramelization. Its perfect for slower cooking of large pieces of meat that makes them tender, crispy, rich and succulent.

There are many kinds of meat that make a perfect roast; from domestic animals such as chicken, turkey, goose, duck and pork to any wild game meat, such as boar, venison, pheasant and partridge. Add some root vegetables, wild mushrooms or even truffles and you are in for a real cozy and delicious winter treat.

And to toast your roast, or any hearty winter fare, there is nothing that pairs as well as a rich, flavorful wine that can stand up to the bold flavours and a deep freeze outside. Perfect wine matches are big, bold and intense reds. Here are a few of my current favourites that will keep you warm and happy inside and out!


Zenato RipassaZenato Ripassa Valpolicella DOC Superiore 2011

From the hills of Veneto, comes this mighty Valpolicella Ripasso. Vinified with 85% Corvina, 10% Rondinella and 5% Oseleta grapes “re-passed” after pressing the dried grapes that makes Amarone. The wine undergoes a second fermentation that increases alcohol and imparts more body, tannins and flavour which makes for richer wine, both in colour and bouquet. This is a powerful and intense wine, bursting with aromas and flavours of ripe black cherries, fig jam, raisins and chocolate with a long, lingering vanilla-tinged finish. Fantastic with rich game dishes and winter roasts. VINTAGES: 479766, $ 25.95


la Mothe du BarryChâteau la Mothe du Barry, AOC Bordeaux Superior

Crafted by the ninth generation of winemakers in Gironde valley from 35 years old Merlot vines, this is an elegant and fruit forward Bordeaux. Medium bodied and dry, it displays lovely ruby red hues in the glass. Well-structured palate, it delivers aromas and flavours of currants, plums and chocolate with soft, velvety tannins. Closes with a lingering, polished finish. Drink through 2017. Enjoy with juicy pork roast with tangy red currant sauce to highlight the fruit, accompanied by cheesy gratin. SAQ: 03760027482117, $ 15.10


Les DauphinsLes Dauphins Côtes Du Rhône Reserve Red

Traditional Côtes du Rhône red blend from Cellier Des Dauphins. Vinified with 80% Grenache, 15 % Syrah and a touch of Mourvèdre. Medium bodied, fruit forward and dry, it’s bursting with aromas and flavours of ripe summer fruit, a touch of spice, subtle floral notes and smooth, silky tannins. Closes in an earthy, medium finish. Perfect party wine, great paired with succulent, slowly roasted leg of lamb. LCBO: 385385, $ 10.95


ModusModus Ruffino Toscana 2012

From Ruffino’s estate vineyards, comes this intense, rich and powerful Super Tuscan. A juicy and robust blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauv and Merlot grapes, it seduces with aromas and flavours of big, dark fruit; ripe black cherries and plums. Complex, fleshy and generous with big, bold tannins and hints of a cigar box. Closes in a smooth, lingering, smoke-tinged finish. Fantastic with grilled meats and slow-cooked winter roasts. LCBO: 912956, $28.95


Menage a TroisFolie à Deux Ménage à Trois Midnight 2013, California

Deep, dark and mysterious Californian. An intense blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah and Petit Verdot. Plush, elegant and concentrated, it’s bursting with aromas and flavours of ripe blackberries and plums with hints of coffee and chocolate. Velvety tannins, luxurious mouthfeel, closes in a very long smoke-tinged finish. Fantastic match to a juicy grilled steak or slow roasting meets. SAQ: 12615264, $ 18.75



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