Get Cozy with Languedoc-Roussillon Wines

I've been struggling to get over a cold since Thanksgiving, which has sucked but also has reminded me that it's finally chilly outside! Warning: controversial opinion coming... Winter is my absolute favorite season (minus cold viruses). I look forward to the frosty mornings, frigid nights, sparkling snow, and cozy wines more than anything else! While I might not be able to drink wine until I get over this cold, I wanted to share one of my favorite cozy wine regions with you: Languedoc-Roussillon. It's a warm climate region in Southern France with hearty, fruity wines perfect for nights full of blankets, candles, and kitty snuggles.

Wondering why I put wine bottles on his favorite blanket.

Get to Know the Region

Languedoc-Roussillon is a large wine region that hugs the Mediterranean Sea and taps on neighboring Spain's shoulder. Beyond affordable wines, it is known for beautiful scenery and a sublime climate—perfect for growing grapes and keeping costs down. This region is home to a great number of appellations, many of which fall under the Vin de Pays category.
Vin de Pays (n.): Country wine. Languedoc-Rousillon wines are Vin de Pays d'Oc and are often labeled as such.
Most of the bottles you'll find will be labeled as Languedoc or Pays d'Oc but there are a few other designations to keep an eye out for: Minervois, Saint-Chinian, Picpoul de Pinet, Corbières, and Limoux.
TIP: While you can find cheap Pays d'Oc bottles, grab ones that are closer to $15 to get the most bang for your buck. By paying a few dollars more, you're likely to get a bottle with more character than its price tag suggests.

Try the Wines

Similar to Portugal, there's a seemingly endless array of wines from Languedoc-Roussillon. I enjoy their red, white, rosé, and sparkling wines, all of which are typically blends rather than single varietals. Rather than bore you with a long list of grapes that the AOCs allow, let's look at four bottles as examples:
TIP: For wines with fuller bodies and riper flavors for winter, seek warm climate regions.
Languedoc-Roussillon blends lean heavily on grapes like the ones above for their body and rustic charm. Expect flavorful, easy-going wines that will warm you up when the snow starts to fall!

Ready to explore other inexpensive wine options? Check out these affordable alternatives to Champagne.