Drink White Wines In The Winter
Colder temperatures and brisk winter winds may have you longing to curl up with your favourite full-bodied red, but there are plenty of opportunities to appreciate a glass of white wine this season.
Here are five of our favourite reasons to uncork a bottle of Gewürztraminer, Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and other whites while the snow is flying.
Lighten up a hearty meal
Winter is the season of rich beef stews, roasted turkeys and hearty, starchy sides. White wine brings balance to heavy, cold weather meals. If Sunday dinner is roast pork and squash (Canadian Living has a recipe that does both dishes in one pan), grab a bottle of Pinot Gris like King Estate’s to pair with the meal.
Complement the fall harvest
Good things come out of the ground (and off the vine) in autumn. We love squash, Brussels sprouts and carrots — but our hearts belong to apples and pears and the amazing variety of desserts you can make with them. You can’t go wrong with this Rustic Pear Custard Pie, paired with a sweet or off-dry white wine like Moonbeam Riesling for a bit of heaven.
Remind us of warmer weather
White wine can be like sunshine in a bottle, so what better to remind us that blue skies are ahead than a bottle of California-grown Chardonnay? These crisp whites are flavourful enough to go toe-to-toe with our rich winter cravings, like this creamy Brown Butter and Shrimp Pasta Dish. We suggest giving Napa Valley winery Mer Soleil’s Chardonnay a try — since they’ve got sunshine right in their name!
Refresh the senses
Melty, gooey, cheese-filled dishes are a winter favourite, but these rich treats can leave you feeling a little sluggish. If you’re serving something heavy (and heavenly) such as a Gruyère and Parmesan-laden Cauliflower and Broccoli Gratin, pair it with a Sauvignon Blanc like Kim Crawford’s— unlike a red, a white wine will help to keep your guests from dozing at the dinner table.
We’re going to let you in on a little secret: festive, sparkling wines like Champagne or Prosecco go with everything. That’s why they’re so great to serve at holiday parties and potlucks where a variety of hors d’oeuvres and snacks may be on the menu. They also work well in punches (try a bottle of Fioretti Prosecco in this recipe for Gold Coast Punch). Bonus: you won’t have to worry about overly celebratory partygoers spilling Merlot on your best beige rug.
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