5 Comforting Winter Recipes + The Wines To Pair Them With

A few months remain until the frozen tundra begins thawing out, and until then we wanted to share some of our favorite recipes from various cooking blogs. These meals are sure to warm you to the core, and should please even the most finicky eaters. We chose recipes that we felt were approachable and easy enough for anyone to pull off. Enjoy!

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Braised short rib ragu

You can’t really go wrong with any type of braised short ribs. This simple ragu is sure to be an instant hit, with slow cooked meat that’s rich with savory flavors that will warm you to the core. Layered on top of a creamy polenta it’s simply divine.

Suggested pairing: 2012 Fortissimo

Get the recipe here.

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Braised Short Rib Ragu on Polenta with Gremolata 2 500

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White Bean Chicken Chili

Looking for a chili that leans toward the healthier side, but still has enough gusto to please the hedonistic side of your ego? Find that balance with this spin on a classic white bean soup.

Suggested pairing: 2013 Leggiero Chardonnay

Get the recipe here.

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One pot chicken paprika thighs

As a kid I grew up eating my mother’s chicken paprikash with dumplings, a comforting Hungarian recipe that remains a staple in my favorites list. This easy spin-off uses just one pot, and could make for a great Sunday afternoon/evening dinner sure to reward every palate in the house.

Suggested pairing: 2012 Maestoso ‘Solo’ Merlot

Get the recipe here.

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Beef Bourgouginon

The classic French dish never fails, and if you thought it too difficult to prepare, consider trying this simplified version that requires a mere twenty minutes to prep. Then you can kick back, relax, and enjoy a glass of wine as it cooks over the next four hours.

Suggested pairing: 2011 La Sophia Cabernet Sauvignon

Get the recipe here.

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Lamb and Lentil Stew

Maybe you’ve grown bored with beef stew, in which case you may consider this variation which combines savory lamb and lentils. Combine with some root veggies and a side of rice or polenta for a complete meal.

Suggested pairing: 2011 La Sophia Cabernet Sauvignon

Get the recipe here.

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