Two great winter wines and beers

There's nothing quite like a delicious drink to help you unwind at the end of a long day or to add a little flavor to your dinner. Looking for a fun wintery beer or wine? Consider this duo to store in your custom cabinets or pantry this season.

1. Old Rasputin by the North Coast Brewing Company
Called an "obsidian flavor bomb" by Gourmet magazine's website, Old Rasputin is one of the tastier imperial stouts you'll ever come across. Not only is it bold and rich, with hints of espresso and a heady 9-percent alcohol by volume, but it's absurdly drinkable, especially considering its chocolaty aftertaste!

2. Santi Solane Valpolicella Ripasso
The great thing about a bottle of wine at home is that no one expects you to pronounce its name correctly - just enjoy the bouquet of taste. Paste magazine lends its know-how on a list of winter wines, naming this Italian red ideal for pairing with any food, but especially those hearty winter staples like spaghetti or lasagna.

Whether you save them for a romantic evening, a party with friends or just a solo treat with dinner, taking down either of these fine drinks from your custom cabinetry is sure to be the highlight of any snowy night.