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Top Wine Picks for Cosy Season


It’s official, the leaves are turning that fabulous burnt amber, the temperature in the evenings has dropped wildly (who else has already got their heating on?!) and the fireside now looks like the most inviting place in any room. Yep, it’s definitely cosy season! And though the summer has drawn to an end and the nights are drawing in too, we’re excited for the hearty comfort food and drink that Autumn brings.

Rich stews, roast dinners aplenty and hot baked desserts – preferably as chocolatey as possible – you really can’t beat some proper home-cooked dishes filled with warmth on a chilly Autumnal day. So with endless amounts of delicious food on the horizon, it’s time to switch out the light and refreshing summer wines for ones a little deeper, a little richer and maybe even a little sweeter. We’ve selected a fine few that we think will be *chefs kiss* for a cosy evening in.

A hidden gem from the Languedoc in France, Faugeres Domaine Gabron is made for sipping by the log fire, alongside a box of chocolates and your latest bingeworthy Netflix series. A blend of Grenache, Mourvedre and Syrah grapes makes it a very full-bodied wine, with a velvety smooth texture. You’ll get hints of plum, blackcurrant, coffee, and spices to taste which complement desserts in particular if you have a sweet tooth.

A classic roast is a thing of beauty, and so needs a particularly special bottle of red to accompany it. We’ve picked Vinalba’s Gran Reservado, and once you taste it, it’s easy to see why! 100% Argentinian Malbec, this wine is aged in French oak barrels for 12 months resulting in an exquisitely smooth and rich flavour, with the ripeness of dark -berried fruits sprinkled throughout.  The perfect match for succulent roast beef and seasonal root vegetables.

James Martin’s Syrah will more than just do with a stew, it’s combination of complex flavours yet silky textures stand up to the strong flavours of a hearty hot-pot.  Selected and blended by James Martin, he has created this Syrah to be a real ‘foodies’ wine. There is a light smokiness about it followed by a long finish and aromas of truffle that balance the richer dishes and give it an extra warmth without the heaviness of other reds.   

The BEST partnership, cheese and wine. The wine for the job is definitely Pa Road’s Pinot Noir. From the Marlborough region, New Zealand, the grapes from this vineyard have a soft acidity that creates a deep aroma and a complex, ripe flavour. Notes of mocha, ripe cherries and red fruits give this smoothly rich fruity wine a balanced, long lingering spicy soft finish. A fantastic pairing alongside nutty cheeses in particular, peppery crackers and plum and bramley apple chutney.