I love wine, but for a long time I favored bold reds over whites. I carried over an assumption from my college days (when I was not drinking very good wine) that whites were cloying and lacked the complexity of flavors that you'd find in a darker variety. Fast forward a few years to a business dinner with my boss at The Slanted Door in San Francisco- he ordered a German Riesling to pair with our spicy meal and it was AMAZING! Since then, I've expanded my wine-drinking horizons and have found several white wines that have become regulars in my wine fridge.
With Christmas quickly approaching, I wanted to share some of my favorite white wines with pairing suggestions:
Kung Fu Girl Riesling (2013): The name of this wine might catch your eye because it's playful and fun, but the contents inside the bottle are yummy too. The wine has a mineral flavor with just a hint of sweetness, making this a good option to pair with appetizers at your holiday party.
Ponzi Vineyards 'Aurora' Chardonnay (2013): Although "un-oaked" chardonnay has become trendy recently, I'm a huge fan of the buttery, caramel flavors imparted by aging wine in oak barrels. This particular bottle has a lot of complex flavors that would pair well with a pork roast or salmon.
Groth Sauvignon Blanc (2005): This wine is one of my absolute favorites. It's citrusy and clean,which makes it easy to sip all summer long, but it will also pair well with a variety of holiday foods. Pair it with your salad course, serve it up with fish, creamy pasta dishes, or even an herb-seasoned chicken or turkey with stuffing.
- Snowball cookies and Pinot Grigio
- Gingerbread cookies and Riesling
- Snickerdoodles and Sauvignon Blanc
- Butter cookies (or spritz) and Chardonnay