Wine & Spirits

Red Wine for Cold Nights

Red Wine for Winter

It may be cold this time of the year, but it’s going to warm up—sometime. Here’s a range of reds to match whatever crazy weather Mother Nature throws our way. One of these should get you through; if not, have two. Selection from Lunds and Byerly’s Wines, several metro locations,

Paolo Scavino
Vino Rosso 2012
(Piedmont, Italy)
$18.99 Nebiolo, barbera, dolcetto, and merlot

  • An affordable and flavorful introduction to almost all the grapes of Piedmont, it starts off fresh and soft with bright cherry, blueberry, and a bit of earth on the finish. This is your new perfect pizza wine.

Gustafson Estate
Petite Sirah 2007
(Dry Creek, CA)
$23.99 Petite sirah (sustainable)

  • There’s a hint of mint on the nose with this one, then it’sfull of dark plum and berry on your tongue, followed by chocolate and oak. It’s robust but balanced with perfect acids; try it with some very good dark chocolate.

Casa Das Mouras
Reserva (Douro, Portugal)
Touriga national, touriga Franca, tinta roriz

  • This wine over-delivers. Complex, with raspberry, oak, and a crazy fig undertone, it has a beautiful and long-lasting finish. With a bit of time to open up, it would be great with a hearty winter stew.
19 Crimes 2012 Shiraz, durif (Southeast Australia)
A rich but simple blend, with tons of dark fruit and a hint of spice, this wine is ready to warm you up on a cold night with a blue cheese and onion burger.

Bill Coy runs Vintage U, which organizes wine tastings, classes, and events for corporate groups, wine enthusiasts, and the general public. Reach him at