According to a Taste of Wine, “There is no simple formula for wines being seasonal; instead, it’s a question of what wines feel like and how a wine pairs not just with food, but also with the surrounding temperature or weather.” That said, let’s dive in to what we think fulfills the “seasonal” ticket.
Winter wines are usually heavy and full-bodied. Some examples of wines that are full-bodied, rich, and heavier are Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, and pinot noir.
Syrah is from a dark-skinned grape that has a large amount of tannins, natural chemicals that are mouth-drying. This wine pairs well with beef, cured meats, and pork.
Like Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon has hard tannins with medium acidity. This wine has a medium-full body. It goes well with Italian food and several cheeses such as blue cheese, aged cheddar, and aged Gouda.
Pinot noir, unlike Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah, has low tannins, giving it a less mouth-drying experience with a lighter body taste than the high-tannin wines. Pinot noir goes well with most meats except for wild game. It pairs well with Asian food. Winter wines are best served warm to emphasize their heavier and full-bodied flavor.
There is nothing wrong with drinking summer wines during the winter or any other season, but these wines tend to pair best with the lighter fare of summer. Summer wines tend to be wines that are crisp, refreshing, acidic, light tasting, and best served chilled. The taste tends to be fruity.
Some examples of summer wines are Beaujolais, Riesling, chardonnay, pinot grigio, and Sauvignon Blanc. Like many summer wines, these are all high in acidity. White wines tend to be lower in tannins than red wines. White wines tend to go best with light foods such as white-fleshed fish, vegetables, salads, poultry, and some Asian foods. Red wines tend to pair best with heavier foods such as steaks, sausages, burgers, and pasta.
How to Store Wines in a Storage Unit
Storing wine correctly is essential to keep the wine from being ruined.
- Store wine at 55 F° to keep it from overheating and going bad. (However, storing wine at a lower temperature will slow the aging process.)
- Keep wine in a dark place away from UV rays that can damage the wine.
- Wine should be stored on its side in an area that is slightly humid to keep the cork from drying out and cracking. A cracked cork can allow oxygen into the wine, aging it too quickly.
- Keep wine away from high-traffic areas where it can be jolted. Jolting wine can stir up wine sediment and cause a murky, distasteful wine.
A climate-controlled storage unit, like, say, the Wine Grotto at STORBOX, can help you store your wines so they remain palatable for your dinner party. Give us a call today at (626) 407-3439 and talk to our storage counselors. We know wine!