Winter Wines to Keep You Warm

It's the middle of January, and for a lot of us, that means that we are living and drinking in the midst of winter with plenty of chilly days still ahead. What do we drink when we would rather be at the beach? What about those of us who live in warmer climates and don’t have to worry about snow but want to transport ourselves to a winter wonderland through wine? Well, we all know we can drink whatever we want at any time of year because we don’t need to limit ourselves, but which beverage is the best for winter? We have quite a few recommendations. If you’re a fan of white wines and don’t think they are exclusive to warmer weather, check out Ellen Clifford’s article all about winter whites . Ellen shares, “Now that we are officially into the winter chills (happy belated solstice), I still want white wine. It is a matter of extremes. I either desire the rich, the nutty, the honey-layered and lees-y—the wine that fills me with almost too much muchness, like a Christmas cookie gone rogue…OR! I desire: Something so frosty that my snow-hued skin goes a shade of white unbeknownst to vampire-kind. A drink/wine with the pallor yet weight of a vodka martini with ample vermouth, lemon twist and dry ice finish. I’m goth, so I don’t dream of a white Christmas, so much as an ivory solstice. Go fig. For this column we are looking mostly to the first category I named—the full and fuller and fullest of white wines. All with good acid though. Gotta get that cut.” Now if you would like to feel the warmth of springtime in the middle of winter, maybe you should pick up some winter rosés. Ellen saves the day again with her Winter Rosé Wonderland recommendations. According to Ellen, “A rosé can warm you and also chill you so hard you’re hot. And at a holiday party, you may be a hot number in black satin filling the winter night with your warm vibe so hey! Why not spill some rosé? Also recommended in cold climes: a vodka martini with ample vermouth garnished with a lemon peel. Counter intuitively that’s a GREAT freezing cold winter drink. That or one of these rosés is gonna keep you warm. We all deserve rosé AROUND THE SUN. Pink knows nor gender nor season and I am here to prove it. #RoséAllYear.” Ellen has suggestions for traditionally thought, warm-weather wines, but what about red wines? Or cocktails perfect for drinking after spending time out in the snow? We’ve gathered notes from the Delectable community, and from Barbera to Grenache Blanc, Delectable users know how to pick their winter wines. If you’re leaning more towards cocktails, check out our cocktail series that features beverages such as the Sazerac , the Boulevardier , and much more. Enjoy all the beverages winter has to offer!

Christian Drouin (Domaine Coeur de Lion)

Calvados 1967

World class … baby-butt smooth at 55 years old. I’m speechless… gob-stopped…struck dumb…just a drop of good spring water to splash the tart-apple nose straight up your nostril. Pie spice, cinnamon, tobacco- pouch, dark brown sugar… then a blast of rounded alcohol that threatens to leave you breathless before it blasts its way to the back of your throat. Plenty of weight, oceans of complexity, and long, smooth ribbons of chocolate crusted caramels. Simply wonderful on this early winter evening.,, — a year ago

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Mountain Cuvée Proprietor's Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2015

Great quality for the price. Firm tannins, dark fruits with menthol, herbs, vanilla, leather, and a hint of tobacco. Dense, this is a great steak wine in the winter time. — 2 years ago

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Heidi Schröck

Weissburgunder 2018

All hail, winter whites 🙌🏻🙌🏻.
An ideal pairing with a buttery, flakey, whole wheat chard, mushroom & ricotta galette. Great acid. Pear, lemon zest, butter, barely ripe white nectarine, a touch a marzipan/canided almond/candied pineapple and a pristine zing on the finish. Heidi Schrock is a master at her craft. Right now I’m loving these zingy whites (and a little RS doesn’t hurt so sue me)
— 2 years ago

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Husch Vineyards

Mendocino Sauvignon Blanc 2020

A perfect winter white. Very aromatic with the characteristic grapefruit and grassy notes in the aromas and flavors, and a bigger body and lower acidity than expected. Dig Into "Green Wine" class; the sustainable wine. — 2 years ago

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Luyton Michéle

Saint-Joseph Red Rhone Blend 2018

Really delicious St Joseph. Decanted just about 1 hour which worked well. Wonderful deep dark berry fruit with some nice minty herbaceous notes along with a slightly briney finish. Nice lifting acid and well balanced. Perfect pairing with a cassoulet on a cold winter Sunday. — 2 years ago

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Bosco Agostino

Neirane Barolo Nebbiolo 2016

Drown the winter blues — 2 years ago

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La Ca' Nova

Montestefano Barbaresco Nebbiolo 2016

Awesome for a winter Saturday home alone! — 3 years ago

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Weingut Leon Gold

Pink Gold Trollinger Rosé 2020

For all your friends who say they don’t like bubbly. Or rose. Or both. (Are they really your friends?)

Crushable and dry with big watermelon energy and juicy nectarine booty. Get it in the winter when you want summer, get it in the summer and take the bottle in the pool with you.
— 2 years ago

Zédé de Labégorce

Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend 2015

I’ve had this 2015 a few times. Everything a Bordeaux should be. Full of blackberry compote with a delicate Stoney structure keeping it lively and refreshing. Perfect for the winter hike on the mountain top. — 2 years ago

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Weingut Gottfried Mittelbach

Pinot Noir 2019

Interesting and rich. Lovely winter pinot — 2 years ago

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