White wine has been known to be a drink for celebratory occasions and victories. This sparkling drink can perhaps be one of the most sought after whenever a milestone in life or at work is achieved. Winter, when almost everyone thinks they should only drink red wine, is actually a wonderful time to sip on a white. Arguably a more versatile wine, it pairs well with more types of food.
There are many wine-consumption beliefs where a few have to do with matching seasons to colors. Rosé, for one, is good only during summer time. Most wine drinkers think that the best wines to drink during the winter months are dark, warm, tannic reds. While this isn’t completely wrong, we’d like to argue that the best wines for winter are the ones commonly connected with summer.
Bright, fruit forward, refreshing and easy to drink, summer whites make winter drinking less dull, more fun and easier on the stomach. If you know how to pair them, white wines can also surprisingly make the perfect companion to more complex, heavy winter eats. But believe it or not, some of the best wines for winter drinking are, in fact, white.
White wines are lighter and fruitier, quite similar to red wines. Containing few tannins, and rarely aged in oak barrels, white wines gives a less-striking flavor than do red wines. Specific flavors and smells differ from wine to wine, depending on the varietal and production method.
Overall, white wines should show bright, fruity smells, such as apple, pear, peach, apricot, tropical fruit, melon and citrus fruits. Also, white wines may omit a sweeter, candy-like hint of butterscotch, vanilla, almond, and honey.
A wide range of white wines are actually much better suited to a cold night in January than a warm day in May. Thick, slow-pouring and densely layered, maybe even a touch oaky and higher in alcohol, these aren’t the light, bright, snappy whites of summer.
Eating depending on what season you’re in is one thing. Treating wine is another. It’s not hard to see why people move towards reds in the winter. It’s sweeter or perhaps higher in alcohol, red wines can easily warm you up from the inside out. People living in the colder areas of the worlds will appreciate a white wine and a king crab, can potentially be a truly awesome pair.
For white wine lovers out there, there’s no reason to stop drinking your preferred bottles during the winter, whether you choose a rich, wintery dish, or maybe a New Year’s Day Gumbo. But the truth of the matter is, there is no red wine season, just as there’s no beer season or no chocolate season. So the first step to drinking whites in winter: An open mind is an open door. Remember one of Albert Einstein’s quotes:
“The measure of intelligence is the ability to change.”