Wines for Winter: Pairing Delicious Dishes with a Deliciously Classic Wine Menu

Restaurant Wine Menu

With winter on its way, it’s time to start thinking of new offerings for your wine menu. Gone are the light wines of summer and spring, replaced instead with full-bodied red wines that can hold their own when paired with the rich, hearty dishes that winter diners love. If you’re updating your food menu, opting to offer cold weather classics, including meat-heavy stews, richly roasted root vegetables or fiery, spice-laden soups, it’s also time to consider updating your wine menu. In this post, we’re going to take a closer look at a few of our favorite winter wines.

Red Zinfandel

Red Zinfandel is packed full of flavor. Incorporating berries, plums, pepper and anise, Zinfandel wines are renowned for their complex, multi-layered profile. Ideal when paired with spicy dishes – including chili, barbecue and curry – Zinfandel also goes great with roasted vegetables.


Tinged with aromatic, fruity flavors, Malbec is aged in oak barrels, which provides a sweet and pleasantly bitter taste. Because it has a comparatively short finish, Malbec is perfect when paired with lean red meats and soft, rich cheeses.

Sparkling Wines

Available in a range of styles, from dry and fruity to light and floral, sparkling wines can be an exception to the “full-bodied rule.” A great way to wrap up a meal, sparkling wines deserve a spot on your restaurant wine menu because of how well they pair with a variety of desserts.

At Vintage Wine Company, we carry the area’s largest selection of wines and mixers. Our massive selection, combined with our dedication to the industry’s best customer service, positions us as Michigan’s best source for the world’s top wines. If you’ve been looking for someone to help you keep your wine menu fresh and up-to-date, contact us today to discuss how we can help!

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