While most tipplers lean towards red this time of year, certain vin blanc selections can handle a little snow and ice. These full-bodied whites are made for winter sipping.
Cono Sur Bicicleta Viognier 2011, $9.95
This Chilean powerhouse is quite possibly the best white under $10 at the LCBO. Open with a mild chicken curry.
Ponce notes: “Immediately socks you in the nose with intense aromas of apricot, orange, and lychee. It then wraps your tongue with a silky embrace, while a pinprick of acidity keeps everything in check.”
Bougrier Vouvray 2010, $13
Made with Chenin Blanc, this off-dry white hails from France’s Loire Valley. Its gentle sweetness can handle spicy Thai take-out.
Ponce notes: “The nose reveals Chenin’s penchant for mimicking Juicy Fruit gum, and like a well-crafted Riesling, it possesses a yin-yang of sweet fruit and zesty acidity. Lips will smack when this wine is set down on the table.”
Luis Filipe Edwards Gran Reserva Roussanne 2010, $16.95
A recent release, this bottle from Chile’s Colchagua Valley features Rhône varietal Roussanne. Pour with gruyère.
Ponce notes: “A beguiling bouquet of jasmine and overripe melon is highly unique. It’s got a wallop of canned pears, soft acidity, and a long finish. Not everyone’s cup of tea, but intriguing if you like a strong brew.”