Winter White Wines – If they exist, what are they?
It was a comment about a year ago. Almost blew by me. A winemaker used the phrase “I’m making Winter Whites”.
I’m sorry – what?
“A Winter White – what is that?
Well, it’s a white wine that has enough texture and mouth feel to pair with Winter roasts, stews, soups, root vegetables etc.
OK..what whites have that ability?”
That’s where the whole idea got started. This hour is dedicated to focusing in on white wines than can carry their weight through the Winter.
I sought out winemakers and wine experts who could explain Winter Whites and then recommend wines we could get our hands on.
Our guests include:
Chris Rielly – Head Sommelier at (David Hawksworth’s) Nightingale Restaurant in Vancouver
Ben MacPhee-Sigurdson – Drinks Editor Winnipeg Free Press https://www.winealign.com/profile/43820-Ben-MacPhee-Sigurdson
Kurtis Kolt – Georgia Straight Wine Writer http://www.kurtiskolt.com/
Rhys Pender – Master of Wine https://www.mastersofwine.org/en/meet-the-masters/profile/index.cfm/id/dfb8a043-5e4b-e211-a20600155d6d822c
Michaela Morris – Wine writer and judge https://michaelamorris.ca/
Jason Parkes – Winemaker The Hatch https://thehatchwines.com/
Valeria Tait – GM and Winemaker at Bench 1775 https://www.bench1775.com/
Kathy Malone – Winemaker at Hillside https://www.hillsidewinery.ca/
If you join us for the hour you will indeed find out that Winter Whites do exist and we’ll tell you which wines to look for.
Here’s Chris Rielly’s List
2016 Clos du Soleil Capella Sauvignon Blanc/Semillion Similkameen Valley
2013 Haywire Vintage Bubb Okanagan Valley
2016 Gustave Lorentz Pinot Gris Alsace France
2016 Pietradolce Carricante Etna Bianco Sicily Italy
2017 Yalumba “Y” Series Viognier South Australia Aus
Here’s Ben’s List:
d’Arenberg The Hermit Crab Viognier Marsanne (McLaren Vale, Australia)
$23 Everything Wine
Guigal 2016 Cotes du Rhone white (Cotes du Rhone, France)
$29 Everything Wine
60% Viognier, 15% Roussanne, 10% Marsanne, 8 % Clairette, 5% Bourboulenc, 2% Grenache blanc.
Torres 2017 Esmerelda (Catalunya, Spain)
Moscatel and Gewurztraminer, spice and stone/tropical fruit with a hint of sweetness.
Testalonga Baby Bandito “Keep on Punching” Chenin Blanc (Swartland, South Africa)
The Winemakers have lots of suggestions. FYI – One name that pops up three times is Ava from Le Vieux Pin.
STORIES WE’RE WORKING ON
New small wineries to watch.
Van Wine Festival
Aquilini Family . Red Mountain wines.
Victoria Whisky Festival
Kutatas- Salt Spring Island