Winter can be complicated and messy. The good news is your wine doesn’t have to be! On the East Coast we either spend time hibernating from the frigid -35°C wind chills or warming up from braving the slightly balmy -20°C – usually with good company or getting lost in the latest must read. Here’s our cheat sheet on the top 5 wines that will warm you up when you start to see the mercury drop:


Don’t let its appearance deceive you. It’s pale and pleasant like Pinot Noir but packed with high acidity and grippy tannins.

We suggest:
Batasiolo Barolo DOCG
632738100013 – 750ml $35.79

Pair it with:
Slow Cooker Beef Tenderloin


This wine will warm you up in a heartbeat. It’s rugged and bold with big flavours of black fruit. It’s not a wine for the faint of heart or palate.

We suggest:
Nottage Hill Shiraz
9311043050084 – 750ml $15.29

Pair it with:
Beef Stew


It’s the perfect time and place for a rich and buttery, full-bodied Chardonnay. And those dominant flavours of vanilla, butter and caramel are the perfect alternative to buttered rum or liqueur-filled coffee.

We suggest:
Bonterra Chardonnay Organic/ Biologique
082896780419 – 750ml $ 22.99

Pair it with:
Pasta with cream sauce


Perfect for all those traditional winter comfort meals. This high-acid and high-tannin wine is earthy and rustic.

We suggest:
Ruffino Chianti
8001660101757 – 750ml $16.99

Pair it with:
Spaghetti & meatballs


The traditionalist – strong and dependable. Those belly filling meals are plentiful and pairing them with a Cabernet is kind of a no brainer. It’s complex, but subtle.

We suggest:
Santa Ema Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon
7804319004000 750 ml $19.99

Pair it with:
BBQ’d pepper steak & mashed potatoes