Thursday, February 20, 2020

White Wines For A Frosty Winter

Winter Whites SMThink winter is solely the domain of hearty reds? Rethink that as you sip these wines.

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Does a forecast of snow send you sneaking to the wine rack for a Cabernet? Not so fast.

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The right white wines will make you forget all about the drifting snow and slick roads. Here are a quartet of wines that we recommend.

Domaine Matrot Bourgogne Blanc 2017

The Côte d’Or in the heart of Burgundy produces some of the most famous Chardonnay in the world. Burgundian Chardonnay shuns the heavy oaking of California in favor of fruity and round flavors. This wine, which is farmed and harvested organically, displays the rich taste for which Chardonnay is known. It is unoaked and a great value at $29.

Famille Perrin Cotes du RhoneFamille Perrin Côtes du Rhône Blanc 2018

You probably know Côtes du Rhône for their affordable and enjoyable red blends. The region also produces intriguing white wines that are a great value. If you aren’t familiar with the white grapes of the Rhône Valley, this is a great place to start. Made with Grenache Blanc, Marsanne, Roussanne, and Viognier, this blend has pops of lime, fresh floral aromas and a dash of minerality. The price? A tasty $14.

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Tablas Creek Esprit de Tablas Blanc 2017

Yes, we love Tablas Creek! This wine from the Adelaida District of California’s Paso Robles appellation is a Rhone-inspired masterpiece. The grapes for this wine come from budwood cuttings from the famed Château de Beaucastel estate in France. The blend includes Roussanne, Grenache Blanc, Picpoul Blanc, Picardan, and Clairette Blanche. An explosion of pear, cinnamon and oak. SRP $45.

Umani Ronchi Vellodoro Pecorino 2018

Italy’s Pecorino is known as the “grape of the sheep” for the presence of this grape in sheep grazing territory. It comes from Abruzzo in eastern Italy. It grows in cooler weather and is great for sipping in the winter. It is ideal if you want to explore white wines beyond Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. This is a dry wine with soft fruit, good acidity and herbal notes. It also has a fuller body than most whites. An excellent pick at $17.

Full Disclosure: These wines were received as marketing samples.