This past weekend’s arctic blast has left a chill in the air that’s hard to warm up from. It’s nice to start a fire and sit beside it until your skin can’t handle the fire and you think it may begin burning off. You want to stay beside that fire forever and feel that kind of warmth inside too. But what wine do you choose to achieve that warm in the gut, hearty feeling?
Well, it’s less about what you drink in the winter and more about what you don’t. Roses are too light for this time of year and lighter-bodied reds like Beaujolais and Pinot Noir don’t give the right amount of oomph for the cold weather.
Instinctively, we turn to rich reds like Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon and dense reds like Malbec and Grenache. Most people shift away from stainless-fermented wines and turn towards heavier, oak-aged wines.
Of course, here at Vino Virginia, we know a thing or two about Virginia wines, and have our own personal favorites like the Left Bank of Bordeaux from Boxwood Estate Winery. It’s a solid blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot perfect for a wintery night. We also like the Topiary, a blend of Cabernet franc and Merlot. If you want a rich wine that isn’t too heavy, this is the one for you.
We’re also fans of the Corotoman from Philip Carter Winery; it’s a Bordeaux Meritage inspired blend that hits you first with the scent of mocha then opens up to black cherry plum and violet, full-bodied and creamy. But what if you’re more of a white wine enthusiast? Try the Seyval Blanc from Gray Ghost Wines (which is currently sold out at the winery). The wine is crisp, dry, and evokes bright flavors of mineral and lemon with a subtle oak finish having been aged in Hungarian oak.
Another of our favorite whites is the Grace from Marterella Winery. This Vidal Blanch-Riesling style wine isn’t as sweet as a general Riesling, but just sweet enough to go well with Asian and spicy dishes.
Most people think wine tours are best left for fairer weather, but we disagree! Many of the wineries in the area offer special tours and food pairings based on this season. Just ask us which tour/winery is best for your group and we will tailor a day you’ll never forget (no matter how much wine you drink)!