The age old rule is typically to drink white wines in the summer and when Labor Day hits, the white wine (and white pants) are packed away for the season. Luckily the rules for fashion and wine are meant to be broken, because a white wine can be just right on a cold winter’s night.
Planning an hors d’oeuvres party or stopping by a friend’s? Sauvignon Blanc is your perfect welcome wine or hostess gift. Its crisp acidity can cut through even the richest of baked Brie, while the citrus notes enhance the standard vegetable tray and traditional shrimp cocktail platter. Typically lower in alcohol, it is also the safest bet when nibbles don’t quite fill you up.
Turkey may get all of the credit, but the side dishes are the real stars of your holiday menu. Choose a dry Chenin Blanc to compliment and highlight the variety of flavors and textures around the table. Fruit forward and refreshing, this unoaked white wine works with everything from green bean casserole to candied sweet potatoes. And the round, luscious mouthfeel will make even the driest of turkeys sing.
Cold, Rainy Night
In general, Chardonnay is always a safe winter bet. Curl up by the fire, or cuddle up under a blanket and watch your favorite movie with a glass of this in hand and see if you agree. Look for a Chardonnay with a balance of fruit, acid and oak for a toasty, rich treat on a Friday night. If you pair it with a bowl of buttery popcorn for dinner, we won’t tell!