Winter Wine Pairings

Winter in Spring Mountain usually means high rainfall at levels that may reach 25-95 inches (about 240cm). For perspective, January 2017 was a mild winter which caused bud break earlier than expected. In 2018, cold temperatures were sustained, and the bud break came as normal, in March. For 2019, more cold weather is expected, promising a normal bud break and bountiful harvest.

Winter is synonymous with comfort and what could be more comforting than pairing a lovely glass of wine with your next meal?  Here are our favorite wine and food pairings.

Cabernet Sauvignon

Augment any meat dish with a splash or two of Cabernet Sauvignon.  Dishes such as braised short ribs, meatballs, duck and even a salad! A spicy green based salad, such as arugula, match well with a bold Cabernet Sauvignon.

Chardonnay

Pair Chardonnays with fatty fish such as salmon or rich creamy sauces.

Rosé

Rosés represent neutral drinking territory when paired with cheese. They have the acidity of whites and fruit flavors of red.

Red Blends

With reds, we recommend going with the predominant varietal in the mix. For instance, if your red blend is 49% Cabernet Sauvignon then pour yourself a glass with your next burger.  If your blend is mostly Pinot Noir, then you might enjoy it most with a fig and truffle pizza. Mostly Malbec? Warm up your barbecue sauce, fire up your grill and enjoy it with your next barbecue.


Besides pairing your wine with your favorite winter meal, winter is also a great time to visit Spring Mountain District AVA. Winter is usually a little bit slower, relaxed and less crowded. Schedule your visit to Sherwin Family Vineyards and taste our award-winning wines to pair with your next winter dish.