Winter is upon us, and nothing fights the cold better than a good glass of wine. While any quality wine can help you warm up, some varieties can do the trick better than others. Most people prefer red wine in these circumstances. More specifically, the five varieties of red wine listed below have long been used by those braving the winter to find a little warmth.
This wine is known to come from the Rhone Valley of France, but in recent years many fine shiraz wines have come from California. Shiraz wine goes best with a good steak, and this combination is sure to warm you up this winter. There are a variety of shiraz wines available at different price levels.
Merlot is often considered to be an entry-level wine because of its smoothness. It is a good choice for people who don't normally drink wine, but who want to try a different way of warming up during the winter. Merlot goes well with pretty much any type of food you might want to have.
Cabernet sauvignon is perhaps the world's best-loved variety of wine. Like, shiraz, it goes with most types of red meat. Cabernet sauvignon has a bit of a "bite" to it, especially when young, so it is not the right choice for everybody looking to warm up with a glass of wine.
While the three previous varieties of wine on our list are very well-known, there is a good chance that you've never heard of malbec. Malbec is a very spicy wine often associated with Argentina, although it is also grown in France. For those who can handle it, malbec may be the wine that provides the most warmth to its drinkers. However, its spicy taste means that many people prefer another type of wine.
Pinot noir is another very popular and well-loved variety of wine. It goes best with seafood. There are many different tastes associated with pinot noir wines, and you have to try a few to see if you enjoy this variety of grape.