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Which white in winter?


Posted February 10, 2010 in Wine, Wine Everywhere

Generally winter in Chicago brings a spike in red wine compared with white wine. What if you prefer whites but there is a foot of snow outside? Oddly enough, we are frequently asked for a “winter” white. I generally assume the guest is looking for a white with some weight to it. There is always the oaked Chardonnay option to fall back on but we like to offer other alternatives. How about an Alsatian white? One of our favorite producers is Albert Mann from Alsace. His Riesling from Schlossberg is alsways a winner. Where else in France can you find a Grand Cru site for $65! The weight is perfect for a wide variety of foods but the acidity allows it to stand alone without food. The Alsatian Rieslings are also a great value. They are often overlooked simply because Riesling is pigeon-holed as a sweet wine when the best examples are dry or off-dry. The land was passed so often between Germany and France that it draws the vineyard and winemaking tradtions from both countries. When was the last time you spent $65 on a wine and felt comfortable drinking it five or six years later? Alsatian wines age well also. Next time you are thinking about a Chardonnay with tons of oak, think outside the box- look to Alsace.�

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