A hug in a bottle

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Winter Warmers with a Nordic vibe...

I've heard a lot about this ‘Hygge' over the past few months in relation to interiors rather than wine but I thought ‘why not apply it to food & drink'? Especially during these dark and cold winter months when we all need a little extra comfort and cosiness.

Vega del Rayo Vendimia SeleccionadaHygge is a Danish term which, when you search for it online, brings up images of firesides, woolly Nordic socks and hearty broths. Digging further it can mean a little more and I especially like the concept of it as enjoying everyday moments and taking pleasure in the simple things in life.

So let's get back to those hearty broths and other winter warmers and let's try and transform them into a memorable moment. We obviously need a wine to match and I'm looking for a veritable ‘hug -in-a bottle'.

Starting with a great value Rioja with just a touch of ageing to add depth to the warm ripe fruit is the Vega del Rayo Seleccionada Rioja at only £6.95 bottle (reduced from £8.50). Or what about the warmth of the Portuguese sunshine to heat us through the cold days with Quinta da Lapa Selection Tinto. Inky red with deep juicy fruit and a light sprinkle of spice, perfect with casseroles £8.50 bottle or 2 for £16. Finally, how about a must have Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina. Already a favourite with many of you, Dante Robino Malbec has warming chocolate mocha notes with berry fruit in a rich hearty package to sit nicely with anything from sausages to roast lamb. £9.25 bottle

Are you feeling toasty yet? Pull on your woolly socks, throw another log on the fire, open the bottle and embrace the ‘Hygge'.

Last Updated: 27/01/2017
Author: Judd Slack

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