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.