Rain Sucks! 4 Easy Food & Wine Pairings To Keep You Cozy

Here in NJ, it feels like everytime we look out the window, it’s either raining or snowing.

Since we’re spending a ton of time indoors, this is the perfect time to cook some of those dishes you’d never have time to otherwise.

“Sausage & Peppers” with Pasta

My sans sausage version is one of my favorite things to make.  Super easy and delicious.  Plus, pasta is pretty much the definition of comfort food!  Whether you go for a light veggie number or something heavier, it’s the perfect reward for a few hours spent indoors.  Check out my recipe here.

Pair it with: Chianti

Chianti makes an easy choice for red sauce food.  This Italian wine has lots of flavor and body that matches the richer, more complex elements of pasta, particularly the subtle sweetness of tomato.

Chili

There are quite a few ways to make chili. All of them are sure to satisfy the homebound hungry person. Whether you like your chili with ground meat or pulled pork, beans, or no beans at all, the basic method for making it is the same. I personally enjoy it cooked in a soup pot over medium-low, so that I can keep going back to fill up the bowl throughout the day.

Pair it with: Merlot

Classic Merlots can be the perfect counterpoint to a gamey taste you’re going to get from the chili (regardless if it’s vegetarian or not). The best one, will be robust enough to complement the saltiness, but light enough so as not to overwhelm its lighter elements.

Burritos

One of my favorite Mexican meals, burritos can be personalized to suit all tastes. Whether you prefer spicy or sweetly mild, making these are so easy and there is truly a recipe for all!  Not to mention these serve as the perfect vegetarian/vegan staple…check out my favorite tofu burrito recipe here.  

Pair it with: Tempranillo

This black grape, full-bodied red wine is a perfect pairing with your Mexican flavors.  When choosing your Tempranillo, the main thing to bear in mind is the style of the wine. Whether it’s young, which can handle quite robust and spicy dishes, or an older one which would benefit from simply prepared food. No matter which you choose, you really can’t beat what you’ll pay at an average price point of under $20.

Sushi

Delivery time!  It’s okay to money splurge once and a while, right?  Especially if it’s raining cats and dogs, leaving the house isn’t an option, and your hands are so dry from doing the dishes, you literally can’t wash another one.  If all of the above, Sushi is always a staple to order out in my house. If you can’t wrap your head around the “raw fish” options, try a few vegetable rolls like shitake mushroom, sweet potato, spinach, avocado and cucumber.  And who doesn’t love mizo soup on a cold winter day?

Pair it with: Rosé

Rosé in the winter?  Yes!  Since it’s always rose season in my book.  I suggest a dry rosé since the fish makes the tart cherry and citrus in the wine pop.

Here’s to staying dry, full, and relaxed through the winter!

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