Winter Food And Wine Pairing Tips

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?

July 22, 2013

Cocktail For The Weekend: Chambord Mimosa

The weekend has landed and that means brunch. Whether you prefer granola and egg white omelettes or the full English, nothing goes down lovelier than a sparkling Chambord Mimosa.

For each mimosa:

1/2 oz Chambord Liqueur

Fresh orange juice

Champagne or sparkling wine

Add Chambord Liqueur and orange juice to bottom of flute glass. Top with Champagne.

What’s your favourite cocktail with brunch?

January 13, 2012

Can Food Affect Your Mood?

Ever felt depressed after a big chocolate binge or bloated and unmotivated after a couple of slices of thick white bread? It’s not always coincidence that your moods change after you’ve eaten. Food, like many other factors in life including stress and lack of exercise, really can affect your moods and energy levels- not just for the worse but also for the better.

Most of us have highly stressed lifestyles. More often than not we are racing to do everything, racing to get ahead. Most days, food is something we grab on the run, something we fit in between meetings and usually not what is best for our bodies. We forget that to keep on going we need to refuel with foods that nourish and energise us.

People are now beginning to make the link between food and emotions. Kathleen Desmaisons, author of Potatoes not Prozac believes excess sugar is the cause of many of our woes. She believes there is a direct correlation between high sugar content in foods and depression. This really rang true to me – it’s something that I’ve observed in my clients over and over.

Test the theory yourself. For one week monitor what you eat then look through and see what percentage of your choices were high in sugar. You will be surprised. Excess sugar is what creates the ups and downs in your moods and irrational thought patterns. Plus a high percentage of us cannot metabolise the sugar content so it turns to fat, and we feel lethargic and tired.

How to tell if what you’re eating affects your moods and energy levels. The best way to do this is to monitor your energy levels in the morning and then again in the afternoon. Monitor the way you feel every day for a week. Notice your energy levels when you wake up compared to when you go to bed and also whether your mood changes throughout the day.


March 2, 2001