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10 types of wines perfect for winter

Of course, for some wine lovers, rosé may seem sacrilegious, and perhaps even worse, basic, to taste in winter. Rosés in general are not highly respected, according to The Wine Searcher. These powdery pink wines are most often associated with naughty parties and twenty-somethings. But, as Forbes warns, don’t be so quick to dismiss this varietal! After all, don’t those cold, dull winter nights need a little sparkle?

Instead of the lighter rosé wines in this variety’s arsenal, Forbes suggests looking for a fuller-bodied rosé. Syrah Rosés, for example, like Syrah Rosé Sicilia, are a bit darker in hue than their companions and contain notes of fragrant rose, lilac, and cassis (via Vinello). Suffice it to say, Syrah Rosé is the perfect complement to, say, a goulash or smoked meat.

But, even Forbes recognizes that the palest of summer rosés can age, well, like fine wine. Bottles picked up over the summer that haven’t been opened, as the site notes, have had a chance to complexify and settle a bit. The magazine notes that some may even pick up a wonderful grainy texture that adds to the winter meal. Either way, there’s no reason to limit rosé enjoyment to summer.