Whether you’re bundled up on the couch for a Netflix and Chill kind of night or heading out to dinner, these wines will hit the spot and are the perfect pairing to cold weather comfort food. Wildfire’s wine and spirits director, Brad Wermager, shares his top five winter wine picks guaranteed to keep you warm this season!

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For red wine lovers: Pessimist by DAOU Vineyards

This red wine is made up of Petite Sirah, Syrah and Zinfandel grapes. It tastes just like an expensive blend for half the price, with flavors of black cherry, blueberry, and crème de cassis to round it out.

“The Pessimist by DAOU Vineyards is bold, it’s juicy and it’s spicy.  This wine will definitely “warm” you up on its own.”

Pairs well with: Juicy steaks and burgers

Click here to learn more about Wildfire Eden Prairie’s DAOU Wine Dinner on Thursday, February 21 from 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM.

Wildfire Pessimist DAOU Vineyards red wine

For Chardonnay fans: Treana Chardonnay, Central Coast ‘17.

Brad’s winter white wine pick is a rich and dense white wine. If you aren’t a Chardonnay connoisseur quite yet, give this one a shot.

“This Chardonnay offers a butterscotch and tropical fruit forward taste. The richness and density in this wine make it the perfect winter white.”

Pairs well with: Fried chicken

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For Italian lovers: Allegrini “Palazzo Della Torre” (Baby Amarone)

The earthy and rustic blend is a combination of Corvina and Rondinella grapes and a small quantity of Sangiovese grapes. The beautiful dark fruit characteristics make the texture plush and velvety.

“My personal wine and food pairing recommendation would be a bowl of homemade gnocchi with Gorgonzola cheese and walnuts.”

Pairs well with: No surprise, Italian foods! Try risottos, anything saffron-flavored, porcini mushrooms or pork dishes


For bourbon drinkers: The Federalist “Bourbon Barrel Aged” Zinfandel, Mendocino County ’16

Typically go for brown spirits but are interested in getting into wine? This cozy wine is first aged in American oak barrels for six months then switched to bourbon barrels for another six months.

“The bourbon barrel aging adds more richness and caramel notes, as well as lush black fruit, rich caramel and smoke flavors.”

Pairs well with: A savory pot roast, or the next time you order a sausage and mushroom pizza for home delivery

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For adventurous winos: Marietta Christo (Estate Grown Rhône-Style Red), North Coast ‘14

Brad’s last winter wine pick is a jammy and spicy treat similar to a Zinfandel but with more subtleties and fewer tannins. 

“For those who like a more medium-bodied wine that pairs well with a variety of foods, this is the one.”

Pairs well with: Bolognese pasta for the perfect date night, here’s a recipe for gnocchi bolognese from il Porcellino.

Wildfire Wines

Let’s get to drinking! Click here to view the entire Wildfire wine list curated by Brad.

Want to enjoy Wildfire dishes at home, order them on Peapod!

Click here to see RPM and Bar Ramone’s Richard Hanauer’s top 5 white wine picks to cook with!