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Easy-drinking, soothing reds are perfect for a winter night. I’m talking about that time of year when you make a stew or roast not only because it’s a warming meal, but also because allowing the oven to run for a few hours helps to warm your cold home. For these types of meals, you need a wine that adds to this cozy environment. 2017 is apparently the year of hygge — pronounced hoo-guh — the Danish word referring to coziness and comfortable conviviality. I can think of no better wine to engender that feeling of contentment or well-being than Tenet Wine Le Fervent Syrah Costieres de Nimes.

Made in the southern Rhone, this Syrah-dominant wine is luscious and soothing, with rich, decadent aromas of black cherry, blackberry and violets. It’s the type of wine you smell and think, “Oh, man, this is going to be absolutely delicious.”

It’s a wine that many people would call “smooth,” fruit-forward, and mellow, with a warming character that will pair well with whatever you have bubbling away on the stove. This is the wine to serve with a rich chili or a hearty stew. Its body will match the viscosity and richness of the dish nicely, while its acidity provides balance.

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It’s truly a wine that represents hygge. As such, it should be enjoyed with relaxed gusto.

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