Anthony Gismondi on Wine
Thursday, November 30 2017

Top 10 : Winter Whites

By: Treve Ring & Anthony Gismondi
Worthy white wines when the temperatures drop

Though the cooler weather conjures up thoughts of warming with a glass, or few, of red wine, white wines are equally welcome.

In fact, many flavours of the season - like cream, cheeses, cloves, cinnamon, chestnuts, winter squash, pear - are suited to white wines. Like pairs with like; think about richer, creamier whites, with structure and support to match the weight and richness of the dishes. As opposed to the slight whites of summer, the cooler months have us looking for wines with broad shoulders and depth. Good parterns for the season include waxy Rhone whites (viognier, roussanne, marsanne and blends thereof), honeyed pinot gris and Alsatian / Germanic varieties, stony chenin blanc, structural semillon, and of course, judiciously oaked chardonnay. Acidity matters, as white wines also bring the benefit of freshening up what can be a weightier dining season. From roast chicken, to fish stew, to spice-grilled acorn squash, to cheese fondue, here are 10 winter worthy whites to reach for. 

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Treve Ring & Anthony Gismondi
Treve Ring & Anthony Gismondi

Every week Treve Ring and Anthony Gismondi collaborate on our Top Ten list, released on Thursday morning, often with a timely theme. If you count carefully the list will more than likely exceed ten names but only because we believe if any wine is tied by a score that makes our list it should be included. We know many of you are wine savvy and can do your own sleuthing to locate our weekly picks but for those who asked: BCLS means it is sold in government retail stores; when we say private wine shops we mean it could be in any private wine shop or liquor retail store (LRS); winery direct means check with the winery online. If it’s not sold in BC we usually try and give you a suggested retail price. Prices change hourly in BC – the price we post is what we are given at publication.