Happy Holiday Sassy Peeps,
The chillier weather will inspire many to choose warmer, more full-bodied selections for their cellars this season, but there are also those who revel in the quiet crispness of cool winter weather and want that to be reflected in their glass as they host their annual holiday parties. Lovers of white wine need not put away their favorite semi-dry selections on the account of a change in temperature, though they may want to give a more full-flavored or oaked bottle a try if they’re feeling adventurous.
It’s easy to find your new favorite white wine this holiday season when you know where to look — consider the oaked Chardonnay Barrica Selección by Castillo de Monjardin, vintage 2015, which is an exceptional 92-point selection hailing from the region of Navarra, Spain. It’s made with 100% Chardonnay grapes and is slowly fermented in new French barrels before it is set aside to age for six months. It is golden in color, offering pleasant aromas of vanilla and citrus. It then finishes elegantly while remaining well balanced on the palate all the way through. This is a good choice for someone who wants a white with less acidity and more body. It is available for order through retailers like Wine Online who will even ship this selection right to your door, so you don’t have to step out into the cold unnecessarily.
Another delicious Spanish selection is a sparkling Rose made exclusively from Garnacha grapes that drinks like a white with a spritzy quality; The Biutiful Cava Brut Rose from Utiel-Requena, crafted by Isaac Fernandez Selecion, is a wonderful alternative to a prosecco for those who want to change up the bubbly and offer more fruity bursts. In the glass it is brilliant pink, with intense red berry and tangerine scents accompanied by a polished floral note that builds in the glass. On the palate it is silky, presenting juicy raspberry and blood orange flavours with a smoky mineral touch. It finishes sappy and long with a candied-fruit quality. For being so powerful, this Cava is also accessible, coming in at a great value for its 90-point score.
For those who want to keep things lively and acidic, there’s always the classic Riesling Niagara Peninsula VQA by Cave Spring Cellars, vintage 2015. This 92-point bottle boasts scents of white flowers, wet stone, and cantaloupe on the nose; drinkers will also appreciate hints of black licorice and fresh herbs. On the palate is medium dry with concentrated pink grapefruit and mandarin oranges; there is even yellow cherry on the palate. The finish is persistent with qualities of crushed stone, spice and citrus zest; this bottle marries flavor and complexity perfectly, mirroring the energy and elegance seasonal festivities offer.
Introduce a selection of excellent, high-point bottles of white to your collection this winter; whether you feel like something citrusy and lively or rich and sweet, there’ll be something available to suit whatever your mood or fancy happens to be when the weather gets snowy. Sit by the fire and enjoy a glass of something refreshing that’ll hit all the right spots while taking shelter from the blustery outdoors.
Sassy Peeps, what wistful whites are you looking to try this holiday season? Inquiring minds would like to know!
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