Pair Comfort Food, Comfort Wine


Published: Monday, November 19, 2012 at 4:27 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, November 19, 2012 at 4:27 p.m.

There’s snow on the ground in northern states, prompting drivers to put on their snow tires. It’s often out of the 80s in the south, prompting socialites to get their furs out of commercial cold storage.

So it’s time for comfort foods. And, of course, comfort wines.

Comfort wines are soft and round, without hard edges of tannin or fruit acids. And they’re often a comfort to your wallet as well.

Here are some of my favorites:

The food: Mac ’n’ cheese.

The wine: 2011 Mirassou Pinot Noir, California: hint of sweetness, flavors of black cherries and vanilla, ripe tannins; $12.

The food: Roast chicken.

The wine: 2011 Robert Mondavi “Private Selection” Riesling, Calif. (88 percent white riesling, 10 percent gewürztraminer, 2 percent malvasia bianca): lightly sweet, with litchi and honeysuckle flavors; $11.

The food: Meat loaf.

The wine: 2011 Don Gascon Malbec, Lujan de Cuyo and Uco Valley, Argentina: aromas and flavors of black plums and milk chocolate, smooth and soft; $15.

The food: Cuban ropa vieja — shredded beef in a tomato sauce served over rice.

The wine: 2010 Jacuzzi Family Vineyards Barbera, Mendocino County: bright, light red raspberry flavors, soft tannins; $16.

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