Although white wine gets a reputation for being more of a spring and summer beverage, we believe that all wines have the right to shine during any season. Now, of course, there are some whites that really are better when consumed on the patio of a cute bar in Brooklyn on a sunny June afternoon but there are others that complete the apres-ski vibe you’re looking for. Check out our list below of winter white wines that you really should know about.
Gruner Veltliner: This Austrian white is honestly perfect for all occasions because of its stunning versatility depending on the variables with which it was produced. Austria is known for its mountainous climate (ahem, skiing) and Gruner has those refreshing, bright notes that resemble the clean mountain air plus some delicious fruit flavors that will quench your thirst like you just spent the day on the slopes.
Alpine Pinot Grigio: Pinot Grigio, or Pinot Gris, is one of the most popular wines in the world, and we get it. Crisp, fruity, just honestly delicious. It’s grown all over the globe and the climate has a major impact on the production results of this beauty so if you’re looking for a wintery version, try one from Alsace, France. Also known as Tokay Pinot Gris, this cold climate white resembles the sweetness of a late-harvest Gewurztraminer but retains its acidic qualities for a more balanced taste.
Cava: Let’s be honest, is there ever a bad time for sparkling wine? The answer there is no but of course, not all bubbly is made the same. Cava is strikingly similar to French Champagne but without the steep cost. It’s a fabulous winter wine because of the full-bodied nature that brings rich notes of stone-fruits, which translates to a heartier taste. Plus, there’s always a reason to celebrate.
White Rioja: You tend to hear about this Spanish beauty in regards to its red counterpart but the White Rioja is a rare gem that is worthy of the search. The aged Blanco Rioja brings a fantastically rich and nutty flavor profile while the younger, fresh White Rioja is fruity and bright. It’s an ideal wine for pretty much any occasion, no matter the season.
Alsatian Riesling: A Riesling that is made in an “Alsatian-style” doesn’t necessarily mean it comes directly from Alsace, just like a “Bordeaux-style blend” is produced in similar methods to the wines of Bordeaux. Alsatian-style Rieslings are quite bold with a whole lot of acidity and just a touch of sweetness but have lovely warming flavors like honey and ginger.
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