The Best White Wines for Cold Weather

The Best White Wines for Cold Weather

We’re at that point in the winter when snow goes from novelty to annoyance, and freezing temperatures go from tolerable to, well, intolerable. Even with moments of warmth here and there, we aren’t out of the woods just yet.

There are a few ways you can respond. You could wear more layers or get out of town for a while, but our go-to strategy is to drink more wine. While full-bodied reds are certainly one answer, they’re not the only answer. Big, savory white wines can be just as effective. Here are a few of our favorites.

The Best White Wines for Winter

Domaine Corsin, 'Vieilles Vignes' Saint-Véran 2017 $35

Saint-Véran is a small village toward the southern end of Burgundy where the warmer weather makes for a rounder, more open style of chardonnay. This bottle from Domaine Corsin has a few years of age on it, softening the texture and adding a toasty note.

Mayacamas, 'Mt. Veeder' Chardonnay 2017 $55

There’s no shortage of rich California chardonnay. In fact, there’s too much of it. Far rarer, though, are chardonnays like this one, which manages to be powerful and full-bodied without tasting like butter-soaked popcorn. Mayacamas - one of the wineries that put Napa on the map - harvests the grapes at high elevation, keeping the wine bright, refreshing, and balanced.

Terroir al Limit, 'Terra del Cuques' Priorat 2016 $55

Priorat wines always warm you up. That goes for the dense reds, as well as the far less common whites. This one is a blend of two grapes called pedro ximénez and muscat, which are farmed organically to produce a full-bodied wine that reminds us of White Burgundy.

Bernard Moreau, Chassagne-Montrachet 2018 $115

Bernard Moreau is a benchmark for Chassagne-Montrachet, which means the estate is a benchmark for White Burgundy and chardonnay in general. It’s savory, palate-coating and perfect alongside pretty much any dish served in cream sauce.

Miani, Buri Tocai Friulano 2013 $150

We’d drink this rich, floral, almond-y wine all winter long if we could. The problem is it’s one of the rarest white wines in Italy. Take advantage of it while you can.

Gaja, 'Gaia and Rey' Chardonnay 2017 $300

Perhaps the most well-known Italian winery in the US, Gaja’s reputation is well-deserved. 2017 was a warm vintage in Piedmont, but Gaja manages to balance the rich, tropical fruit flavors with plenty of saltiness and refreshing acidity.

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