As much as I try, I can't seem to warm to drinking white wine in winter. It's simply too cold and crisp, much like the wine, itself. For many of us, there's nothing better then snuggling up on the couch with your pet on a rainy evening, glass of red in hand.
But which red wine to choose!? Especially when you're only after one or two glasses that evening and want to be able to enjoy the rest of the bottle within the week, knowing it won't go stale. And when confronted by the various options at the bottle-o, trying to choose a decent every-day drinking red for the week at a good price can be oh so vexing.
But I think I have found my match.
A medium-bodied red, Taylors Tempranillo 2011 is a delicious warming vino with hints of cherry and spice. 'Cherry and spice' - sounds like a painful song from the Spice Girls. But don't let this put you off. After all, cherry and spice in wine can only be a good thing. With savoury tones and a Spanish origin, Tempranillo is often a good variety to have with food. I envisage drinking this with tapas, spicy chorizo, crusty bread and a good quality olive oil. Yumo. But even without the food, this makes for an easy-drinking wine which, with its rounded tannins, is balanced and won't weigh your palate down.
How much? About 20 bucks a bottle. It's also available at most liquor stores, making it a terrific last minute choice that one shouldn't go past.
Music match: definitely a vino to drink with the Righteous Brothers or Leonard Cohen.
Movie match: no movie - simply listen to any of the above and read a good book and, voilà, you have a perfect Sunday night in.