Katy Perry wore a white pant suit at the 2017 Grammys Awards in February because, not only can you wear white after Labor Day, you can — and should — be drinking it.
Yet every time the temperature drops, the red wines come out.
Well stop being so predictable. There are tons of white wines that will satisfy your need for a big red, and let’s face it, they often are cheaper.
Granted, you might not feel like a crisp super-chilled Sauvignon Blanc when its 35 degrees out, but white wine doesn’t have to be served that cold all the time.
Serve it more like a red wine, anywhere from 55-60 degrees and it wont give you goose bumps.
And look for a wine with a little more weight, so pick a white wine that is medium to full-bodied, suggests Gary Fisch, CEO and founder of Gary’s Wine & Marketplace in Wayne, NJ.
A big oaky California Chardonnay will generally fit the bill, but you certainly don’t need to go there.
Especially because many of your winter foods are heavier, like stews and hearty meat dishes, so you will need a wine with enough acidity to cut through all that fat.
And we love Chenin Blanc for just that. We’ve already suggested it works great with Mexican food, because of the zesty tropical flavors, but the higher acidity will help all your other winter meals.
We also are year-round Champagne fans. And those bubbles in particular love all that greasy winter game day food, like those wings and nachos.
“When enjoying white wines during the bitter cold winter months, we tend to go with white wines from Rhone Valley,” says Fisch. His two choices come from Condrieu, in the northern Rhone region and Chateauneuf du Pape, almost two hours south.
Or try a Pinot Bianco from the Alto Adige region of Italy, suggests Stevie Kim managing director of Vinitaly International, an international wine competition and exposition that showcases over 3,000 wines from around the world.
While Pino Bianco lives in the shadow of Riesling, it has a great acidity and a fruitful finesse that makes it a perfect everyday winter wine.
So here are a few of our favorite winter whites and please let us know yours!
Antinori Cervaro Della Sala, 2011, Umbria, Italy.
Rich and creamy. It’s a perfect winter splurge. A blend of Chardonnay and a bit of Grechetto from central region of Umbria, it has great creaminess and acidity for your roasted chicken and vegetables.
Benjamin & David Duclaux Condrieu Les Caillets, 2015, Condrieu France. Made from 100% Viognier grapes, Les Caillets is a bold, full-bodied white wine with floral, stone-fruit and tropical aromas with a hint of spice. The slightly higher alcohol will warm you up too.
Domaine du Vieux Lazaret Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc 2014, France
A blend of Grenache Blanc, Clairette, Bourboulenc and Roussanne grapes. Moderately full-bodied white wine, perfect for your richer dishes featuring lobster, puff-pastries, white meats or goat cheese.
Tracy Byrnes, former FOX Business Network anchor and host of “Wine with Me” for Foxnews.com, is editor-in-chief and chief contributor of The Sip