Winter Wine

Many wine drinkers transition to red in the winter. Not I.

I switch to winter whites. By that I mean wines richer in texture and flavour. Like this off-dry Vouvray from the Loire Valley in France. Made from noble Chenin Blanc — a gorgeous, under-rated, and somewhat obscure varietal — with granny smith apple layered with quince, honeysuckle, chamomile, lemon, and harmoniously bound with a fine minerality. It just happens to be my favourite grape.

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This is an example of Chenin Blanc at its best, featuring aromas of peach, citrus, lanolin and pear. Chenin Blanc is known for its refreshing acidity, making it a fine candidate for cellar maturation. Some Vouvray have been known to last for 50 years or more. You can try them earlier than that – give this one a more conservative 2-4 years due to more approachable styling. You will also get great pleasure with this highly versatile wine. An absolutely delightful and pretty Vouvray! Lovely floral aromas with ripe peach and pear. Try this wine if you feel you’re in a white wine rut and want something different. Very versatile with food. No heavy oak or alcohol. Amazing price.

~ Natalie MacLean

By the way, if you don’t have a snowbank to chill your winter whites, the fridge will do.

Famille Bougrier ‘V’ Vouvray Chenin Blanc; Available at private wine stores

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