The Ultimate 2021 Winter Wine Guide


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Whatever you like to drink on when the weather condition gets chillier, we’ve got you covered. From abundant and full-bodied to crisp and fragrant, here are this winter season’s must-try white wines.


Villa Antinori Chianti Classico DOCG Riserva 2018 ($30): The latest vintage launched in the U.S. market from Villa Antinori, this Chianti Classico DOCG Riserva 2018 provides notes of plum in addition to spicy fragrances of cocoa, white pepper, and eucalyptus. The taste buds is soft and dynamic, identified by a tasty and long surface, that makes it ideal for coupling with an abundant meal like prime rib.

Sonoma-Cutrer Russian River Valley Pinot Noir ($35): Sonoma-Cutrer has actually been crafting red wines given that 1981 in the respected Russian River Valley growing area of Sonoma County, California. Today, their female-led wine making group produces sustainable-certified white wines. Launched in September 2020, the white wine is aged in a mix of brand-new, 1 year, and two-year-old French oak barrels for 11 months. This vintage of the Sonoma Cutrer Russian River Valley Pinot Noir, which tops the list of my individual favorites, has a deep ruby-purple color and fragrances of unique spice, blackberry fruit, and sweet vanilla, leading to a sophisticated taste. With a well balanced level of acidity, juicy core, and a long surface, it makes sure to be a favorite of pinot noir fans. Food pairings consist of pan-seared duck breast with cranberry and orange, and mouthwatering butternut squash, or chestnut and goat cheese quiche.

2019 Planet Oregon Pinot Noir ($24): This Pinot noir provides quality, worth, and sustainability along with tastes of fresh Bing cherries, tart cranberries, and Northwest strawberries. Each Planet Oregon red wine is Live Certified Sustainable and Certified Salmon-Safe, which indicates the farming secures streams and rivers from overflow that can damage fish and other wildlife. With all that fruity acid, this is a pinot that might couple with umami. Believe herby crab cakes.

Avaline Pinot Noir ($26): If you had not currently seen, Pinot Noir has actually had my heart this season. And I could not share another preferred Pinot without discussing Avaline, the tidy and vegan-friendly red wine by Cameron Diaz and Katherine Power, just recently launched a limited-edition Pinot Noir, their very first red wine produced in the brand name’s birth place of California. Readily available solely by means of Avaline’s site, this small-batch Pinot Noir is a light-bodied white wine offering notes of roasted strawberries and wild plum. A comfortable and flexible red wine, Avaline Pinot Noir makes an especially best pairing with a huge bowl of pesto pasta.

Chêne Bleu Abélard ($89): A brand-new winery positioned on an ancient website in the Mont Ventoux red wine area, Chêne Bleu has actually produced acclaimed red wines and accomplished honor in a really brief time frame. Blazing a trail for sustainability in the white wine market, Chêne Bleu follows sustainable, biodynamic, and natural viticulture, and wine making techniques in the production of their complete series of red wines including their Grenache-based Abélard. Called after among the most recognized thinkers of middle ages times, Abélard is a complex, brooding mix from older vines. This full-bodied white wine is smooth with fresh silky tannins and notes of ripe red fruits that last through the long, fragrant surface, with tips of spices and plums. For the ideal pairing, serve with roast beef, venison, duck, and root veggies.

The Vice 2018 Port of Petite Sirah, Calistoga, “Nightcap” ($25): Made from 100% Petite Sirah grown in Calistoga, The Vice’s “Nightcap” is a smooth Port produced drinking and relishing. Open it up for instant scents of plum, raisins, dark cherries, and wood spice, and an abundant combination of chocolate and ripe blackberries. Decanting and cellaring will highlight notes of dried fruit, tobacco, and coffee beans. In spite of its name, “Nightcap” is the ideal method to begin the night, ideally with cheese. My individual favorite: serving together with a bleu cheese, walnut, and pear spread. Nightcap is readily available solely on

The Vice 2019 Malbec, Oak Knoll District ($42): The Vice has a strong choice of red wine options for the season and this 2019 Malbec is no exception. The 2nd vintage release of Malbec from Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley, this red wine is rupturing with an arrangement of ripe plum, acai, violet, and soda pop. Soda takes the lead on the entryway of the taste buds however rapidly fades into a bramble of black cherry, acai, and sweet spice. Extremely juicy at the minute, with a generous quantity of tannins and intricacy for such a young Malbec. Anticipate more cacao, toasted nuts, and sweet spice to come out with age.

2018 Remy Wines Dolcetto ($35): If you’re searching for a genuinely distinct Old World design red wine this season, you’ll be captivated by this 2018 Dolcetto. Barrel-aged 14 months with a nose of blueberries and tips of cherries and dirty, clay earth. The taste buds is dark plum, black tea, bay leaf with a dirty, sage surface.

2018 Remy Wines Lagrein ($58): While you’re taking a look at Remy Wines, you do not wish to miss this 2018 Lagrein, aged 24 months in barrel. The nose welcomes you to walk in the woods with a carpet of violets. You’ll taste raspberry cordial, tobacco, and treated meats with cloves. Textured with an abundant surface and notes of anise and fennel pollen.


Three Sticks 2019 Chardonnay, Gap’s Crown Vineyard, Sonoma Coast ($60): Three Sticks (called for owner William Price III) is a shop Sonoma winery that focuses on small-lot white wines from Price’s estate vineyards. The cool-climate Gap’s Crown Vineyard is well known for Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs, and this red wine is among its finest. It has brilliant scents of citrus and apple and lively level of acidity that makes it a perfect partner for joyful foods. Serve in addition to pork roast with fresh herbs, a traditional vacation ham, or fresh Dungeness crab with butter and lemon.

2019 Dobbes Family Estate Chardonnay: This brilliant Chardonnay keeps its varietal stability with no trace of butter or oak. Believe mineral, tropical, long surface. For fans of gewurztraminer, this Chardonnay will completely match any poultry meal.

2019 Napa Valley Chardonnay ($70): Another essential Chardonnay on your winter season red wine list is Napa’s Chateau Montelena, the renowned winery in Calistoga maybe most popular for their win and the 1976 Judgment of Paris, which basically put Napa Valley on the map on the planet of great red wine. Tasting notes of the fragrant red wine consist of mango and citrus, stabilized with an unique minerality that includes intricacy and depth. Baking spice and crème brûlée occur at the surface, which is overwhelmed by notes of Asian pear, mango, and pineapple. This food-friendly Chardonnay can be delighted in by itself, or as a compliment to any variety of vacation meals– specifically seafood, poultry, and cheese.

Taking your red wine to go? Great French white wine Licence IV, just recently introduced canned offerings in the U.S., with the intend to alter the concept that French red wine is frightening and needs to be delighted in more typically. Licence IV Blanc is intricate, yet simple to take pleasure in without jeopardizing on quality and taste. Blanc is a Melon de Bourgogne from the banks of the eastern Loire Valley including fragrances of newly cut turf, salted lime enthusiasm, and gunflint. The taste buds is dynamic and rejuvenating while the mid-palate is dry and similar to citrus and oyster shells with a natural, saline surface.


A winter season red wine list would not be total without an excellent bubbly. This season, the newly-released Billecart-Salmon Nicolas François 2007 ( SRP $15999) is my essential. This status cuvée was developed in 1964 as a tribute to the creator of the Champagne home. The assembly has actually stayed the same given that its production: 60% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay (79% Grands Crus and 21% Premier Crus), partly vinified in oak and aged on the lees for a minimum of 10 years prior to release. It would make the ideal toast for any Champagne enthusiast this season.


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