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Feel that chill? Winter is well and truly upon us and now is the perfect time to enjoy a warming glass of wine with some winter comfort food.

Third generation Managing Director of Taylors Wines in South Australia’s Clare Valley, Mitchell Taylor, shares his best winter wine and food pairing tips.

“The 2012 Taylors Estate Shiraz  and the 2012 Taylors Estate Chardonnay  are great winter wines; both pair well with a hearty winter dinner.

“Wine lovers will often reach for a bottle of full-bodied red in winter, forgetting about the gorgeous pairing of a silky chardonnay with a rich winter meal,” Mitchell said.

Pair: comfort foods like beef lasagne or spaghetti marinara with shiraz

The ripening conditions for the 2012 Taylors Estate Shiraz  vintage promoted slow, even ripening which provided intense varietal characteristics. It has a lively palate of juicy red berry fruits, plum and spice, along with more subtle chocolate and savoury notes. The wine is medium to full-bodied and has a well-balanced structure with great texture, good length and lashings of fruit on the finish.

Pair: spicy Spanish dishes like paella or chorizo tapas with chardonnay

The 2012 Taylors Estate Chardonnay is an ideal wine for winter – warming from the inside out. It is a light-straw colour with vibrant green tinges. The chardonnay is full of luscious flavours of white peach, citrus and tropical fruit with underlying toasted cashew and creamy nuances from extended lees stirring to deliver a mouth-filling and enjoyable wine.

Pair: homemade pizza with tempranillo

Taylors Tempranillo is a fantastic choice for a pizza party or lazy night in with a take away: it’s medium-bodied full of berry flavours, with subtle spice characters.

Pair: vegetable soup with cabernet merlot

A lovely silky merlot like Promised Land Cabernet Merlot, with soft, velvety tannins that compliment the best of winter produce – perfect for our quick and easy winter vegetable soup.

What’s your favourite winter wine?