In much of the United States, January and February are excellent months to hibernate on the couch with a home cooked dinner and a bottle of wine. As the weather changes, so do our palates, but that doesn’t mean you should resort to pizza or takeout each night.
This year, don’t let the chilly temperatures keep you from getting cozy with your favorite foods and vino. Our friends at Lush Wine & Spirits in Chicago even offered some of their best winter wine ideas for wine pairings with five dishes perfect for your next dinner party.
Bacon Macaroni and Cheese
Ermacora Pinot Grigio. The acidity from a Pinot Grigio cuts through the richness of the dish while adding flavor to the cheese. Perfection!
Classic Turkey Chili
Anjos Vinho Verde Rose. This is another dish that is balanced out by the acidity of this effervescent rose with just enough tannic structure to round out the proteins in a hearty turkey chili.
Roasted Lemon Chicken Breast
Chateau Nomad Chardonnay. This Chardonnay has a touch of oak and a lemon verbena characteristic that enhances the lemon and roast characteristics of this dish. Chateau Nomad is Lush’s own wine label.
Loaded Chicken Nachos
Anselment Petit Rouge. This wine from northern Italy has a fantastic spiciness about it that pairs beautifully with these nachos.
Baked Rigatoni with Kale
Quinta da Lixa Vinhao. A Portuguese wine that has dark fruit and black pepper flavors which works very nicely with the earthly flavors in this dish.