To begin, white wines aren’t intended to be served ice-cold. In fact, the optimal drinking temperature for most white wines is between 49-55°F. That means pulling your bottle out of the refrigerator around 30 minutes before drinking to get it to the optimal temperature. The cool – not cold – temperature will be less brisk when the thermometer outside reads in the single digits, and will feel refreshing when huddled against the warm fire. The Elk Cove Willamette Valley Pinot Gris in our Pacific Northwest Wine Tasting Basket is a perfect white wine apertif for the occasion.
When temperatures drop, we tend to warm ourselves with richer and fattier foods, which often call for a wine with acidity for balance. The St. Clement Napa Valley Chardonnay in our California White Wine Trio offers a wonderful underlying acidity that leads to a crisp, snappy finish. So while your pots are simmering in the kitchen, consider a white wine to enjoy your meal with.
After months of hibernation, we may get a little stir-crazy. A great white wine is an invitation to explore the world through various white wines. Picture yourself overlooking a Napa Valley vineyard while savoring in the aromas of orange blossom, lemon oil and toasted brioche with sweet cream apple butter in our Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars Karia Chardonnay, featured in our Napa Estates Chardonnay Luxury Gift Basket.
To get your started, here are a few of our favorite white wine gifts to enjoy this winter!
What is your favorite white wine to pop open when the temperatures drop?