8 wines to sip by the fire, including orange wine

Winter is the most enjoyable season and nothing embodies comfort better than sipping quality wine next to a roaring fireplace – whether it’s a sparkling classic during the holidays, a orange wine to keep it refreshing or a quintessential bold red variety to warm you up from inside out, here are eight wines to sip by the fire this winter.

Champagne Lanson Le Black Label Brut

A sparkling strain is without a doubt the essential combination of comfort and class around the holiday season. Aged over four years, this bottle is a beautiful expression of vintages spread over 20 years. The champagne highlights pears and apples full of maturity on the palate, with a well-balanced sweetness offered by notes of honey on the nose and ends with a refined freshness. MSRP $ 50, lanson.com

Valdo Prosecco DOCG Cuvée 1926

Offering a tropical fruit palate, fine bubbles and an extra dry finish, this prosecco is another option for those looking for a glass of sparkling wine by the fire. Paying homage to the year in which the cellar was founded, the Cuvée 1926 is an eponymous created from grapes harvested in the most famous vineyards of the DOCG. PPC $ 23.99, vivino.com

Domaine des Gerbeaux Pouilly-Fuissé Old Vines − Terroir of Solutré

Sometimes a full-bodied, well-balanced white wine is just the sip you need to start warming up physically by the fire. This 100 percent Chardonnay blend, aged 50 percent in older French oak barrels, 50 percent in stainless steel vats for eight months, features pungent floral notes – influenced by the estate’s sunny 2019 vintage. in east-central France – with a creamy body balance and slate finish. PPC $ 37, jp-bourgeois.com

Gönc Winery Starman, tajerska

If you are looking for the freshness of a white wine, with a grip closer to a red (perhaps Syrah or Cabernet Sauvignon), try this orange grape. The blend of 50 percent Chardonnay and 50 percent Riesling, aged 15 months on fine lees, offers an alternative solution to the break-up of red or white wines. In fact, it can even solve a beer drinker’s problems; the citrus mouth feel of the wine is reminiscent of an India Pale Ale (IPA) and offers a refreshing finish. PPC $ 30, jp-bourgeois.com

Sullivan 2018 Coeur de Vigne, Domaine Rutherford

A substantial red wine has the power to warm you from the inside out. This Bordeaux blend is full of cherry and tobacco notes with lingering black pepper tannins. Translating as ‘heart of the vine’, the blend was created to reflect a modern take on a classic Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon; it includes 78 percent cabernet sauvignon, 20 percent merlot and 2 percent petit verdot. MSRP $ 110, sullivanwine.com

Quattro Quarti Nero d’Avola Appassimento

This Sicilian red wine expresses the warmth of its coastal Mediterranean roots. The native grapes are picked by hand before the winemakers let them go through the natural process of dehydration (appraisal means withered or dry in Italian). This process encourages increased concentration of the aromas and softens the tannins – it’s a velvety and smooth choice. PDD $ 10, vivino.com

E. Guigal 2017 Côtes du Rhône Red

If you’re looking for a comforting spice in your wine, look no further than this elegant blend of 50 percent Syrah, 40 percent Grenache, and 10 percent Mourvèdre. Dark fruits soften the cinnamon and black pepper notes to present a deeply complex wine that doesn’t necessarily need a side dish to be enjoyed. Exchange your overpowered mulled wine for this one Red. MSRP $ 18, guigal.com

Priest Ranch 2019 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

For Napa Valley winemakers 2019 was ‘the perfect storm’, Priest Ranch’s performance in 2019 reflects just how much this year’s vintages are highly regarded after a long, warm growing season that has borne fruit. juicy, in turn producing full bodied wines. This cabin uses grapes from 24 blocks of vines, blending into a silky palate with punctuated notes of vanilla and oak. MSRP $ 50, vinesprestranch.com

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