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  • Best red and white wines for winter

    24 June 2017

    The winter chill has us instinctively reaching for bold reds and sturdy whites.

    When temperatures plummet, we pile on the clothes, eat heavier food – and look for wines that will warm us up. That rules out the gently chilled, appetisingly crisp white wines that taste so refreshing in summer. Winter demands weighty, rich wines.

    At this time of the year, we instinctively reach for red wines, including pinot noir, a sort of red for all seasons. Bolder reds also soar in appeal – cabernet sauvignon, merlot and syrah (the Aussies call it shiraz). White wines are still in demand, but winter calls for sturdy, well-rounded whites, such as chardonnay.

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