This is the time of year when we gather with family and friends, return to our holiday traditions, and revisit all of the culinary classics we love (and perhaps even require) to make a holiday seem like a holiday. But the season doesn’t have to be all about grand roasts and a groaning table of side dishes. Now that it’s chilly outside (finally!), what could be more simple and more thoroughly comforting than a steaming bowl of brothy goodness? Who doesn’t feel more toasty after a luscious chowder, a spicy bouillabaisse, or a soothing and restorative chicken noodle soup? We’ve put together an assortment of delicious wines in all colors and styles that’ll pair perfectly with the contents of your winter tureen (recipes included in the box!). While it may seem challenging to pair wine with high-temperature liquids, if you stick with a few rules, each invigorating sip will prepare your palate for the next spoonful: balance a rich and creamy soup with a wine that is lithe and fresh and boasts good acidity; pair your piquant seafood stew or silky chicken broth with a zippy, light-bodied, low-tannin red; and for a deep, dark, meaty bowl, try a wine with a bit more structure and heartiness. For maximum contrast and refreshment, give your whites and reds a gentle chill.
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