Winter Whites

While this is mainly the season for red wines, an often-overlooked category of wines is what we like to call "Winter Whites", aka full-bodied white wines. If one of your goals this year was to improve your appreciation of white wines, this is actually the perfect time of year to get to know this style.

Having once been exclusively a red wine drinker when I first immersed myself in the wine world, I found this style to be the perfect bridge towards the crisp, lean and delicate whites that I now adore. At the time, I found white wines to be too acidic and piercing for my tastes, until I discovered concentrated whites.

Concentration, or the weight of the wine, was a huge factor in sparking my interest in whites. If you've ever chatted with me about suggestions at the shop, no doubt you've heard my milk analogy. But if you haven't, concentration, for me, is like the difference you experience on the palate between whole milk vs. non-fat. Concentrated whites hit the midpalate similar to a red, and though the acidity is very much present, it's mostly overshadowed by the weight of the wine itself. This trait was crucial to me for branching out towards whites, since there were enough familiar traits to relate to.

With this in mind, we've created a Winter Whites compilation on our site that features these concentrated wines that hopefully you'll warm up to.