Stay Warm With My Favorite Winter Food & Wine Pairing 

Winter is the season of cooking. It’s cold outside so we stay inside and make tasty things that warm up the house & our bellies! The cold weather makes it the perfect time to cozy up with a good meal, and a glass of wine! Winter food is all about eating something that makes you feel warm and satisfied and fights off the cold bite in the air. While there are so many rich, hearty dishes to enjoy, my favorite – is absolutely braised short ribs!

Braised short ribs are the perfect dinner for a special occasion, when having friends over, or simply for a nice meal on a Sunday night. Full of flavor, hard to screw up, takes just a few minutes to prepare, and will satisfy the winter cravings!

Braised short ribs: ingredients

  • Short ribs
  • 2 carrots, medium diced
  • 2 stalks of celery, medium diced
  • 1 onion
  • ¼ cup whole peeled garlic cloves
  • Chicken stock
  • Tomato paste
  • Thyme


Rest meat at room temperature, season with salt and pepper. Add 2 tablespoons of oil and sear the short ribs over high heat until they are nice and brown on all sides. Remove to a plate.

Sauté onions, carrots and celery for 7-10min over medium-high heat.

Add chicken stock to deglaze the pot. Stir in tomato paste, taste broth and add additional seasonings as needed. Add thyme and add back the meat.

Cover the pot with a lid and place it in the oven, bake at 325ºF until fork-tender. Over the next couple of hours, just let the over do the work. Depending on the size of your short ribs, this can take 1 ½ to 2 ½ hours, check at 1 hour.

Serve with mashed potatoes, steamed rice, or homemade rolls!

The perfect wine to pair: Carpineto Cabernet Sauvignon

When it comes to choosing the “perfect” wine to pair with, a lot of it does come down to personal taste, but this Carpineto’s Farnito Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 truly stands out and will work fantastic with the short ribs! A wine from a dry farmed hillside vineyard, planted to very high density, 3500 wines per acre, pruned to yield about one bottle per wine.

Carpineto is a partnership between the award-winning winemaker Giovanni C. Sacchet and  Antonio M. Zaccheo, making wines of great structure as well as innovative proprietary blends. from the most prestigious Tuscan appellations.

Cabernet Sauvignon is probably the most famous red wine grape variety on Earth. From its origins in Bordeaux, Cabernet has successfully spread to almost every wine country in the world. While Sangiovese might be the king in Tuscany, you cannot talk about Tuscan grapes without talking about Cabernet. And this wine shows how well it performs in Tuscany. 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, this wine is warm and robust, extremely refined and classy, with notes of ripe black fruits, savory earth, and mixed spices. The palate is powerful and persistent, with elegant tannins and great freshness, with layers of flavor that leave you wanting more and satisfied! Definitely suitable for long evolutionary profiles.