White wines are often thought of as cool, crisp summer drinks, but white wines are for winter, too. As temperatures drop, here’s why you should pop a bottle of white wine in your fridge.
The Case for White Wine in the Winter!
Reason 1: White wine doesn’t need to be icy-cold!
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 that while you do store your white wines in the fridge, do take your bottle out of the refrigerator around 30 minutes before serving 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 Gold Standard Wine Gift Basket is a perfect white wine by the fireplace during a cold winter night.
Reason 2: White wines balance out winter comfort food!
When temperatures drop, we tend to warm ourselves with richer, fattier foods. Therefore, a wine with acidity is needed to balance out the richness of comfort foods! Martin Craig’s Luminist Chardonnay in The Monterey wine gift basket 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.
Explore the world of white wines!
We don’t know about you, but after months of icy weather, shoveling, running from the car to the house, and basically human-hibernation, we get a little stir-crazy. A great white wine is an invitation to refresh your tastebuds and liven up the mood! 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 Premium Fine Wine Tote (the Sonoma & Napa Duo option).
What is your favorite white wine to pop open when the temperatures drop?