8 Wines To Sip Fireside, Including Orange Wine – Forbes

8 Wines To Sip Fireside, Including Orange Wine – Forbes

Winter is the coziest season and nothing embodies cozy more than sipping a quality wine next to a roaring hearth — whether that’s a classic bubbly during holiday celebrations, an orange wine to keep it refreshing or a quintessential, bold red variety to warm you from the inside out, here are eight wines to sip fireside this winter season.

Champagne Lanson Le Black Label Brut

A sparkling variety is undoubtedly the essential combination of cozy and classy around the holiday season. Aged over four years, this bottle is a beautiful expression of vintages spread over 20 years. The champagne showcases pears and apples bursting with ripeness on the palate, with a well-balanced sweetness offered by hints of honey on the nose and finishes with a refined freshness. SRP $50, lanson.com

Valdo Prosecco DOCG Cuvée 1926

Offering a palate of tropical fruits, fine bubbles, and extra dry finish, this prosecco is another option for those seeking a fizzy fireside glass of vino. Paying homage to the year the winery was founded, the 1926 Cuvée is an eponym created from grapes harvested throughout the most esteemed vineyards in the DOCG. SRP $23.99, vivino.com


Domaine des Gerbeaux Pouilly-Fuissé Vieilles Vignes−Terroir de Solutré

Sometimes a full-body, well-rounded white wine is just the sip you need as you start to physically warm up fireside. This 100 percent blend of chardonnay, aged 50 percent in older French oak barrels, 50 percent in stainless steel tanks for eight months, presents pungent floral notes–influenced by the sunny 2019 vintage from the domain in east-central France–with a balanced creamy body and slate finish. SRP $37, jp-bourgeois.com 

Gönc Winery Starman, Štajerska

If you’re seeking the freshness of a white wine, with a grip more likened to a red (perhaps syrah or cabernet sauvignon), try this orange variety. The 50 percent chardonnay, 50 percent riesling blend, aged 15 months on fine lees, offers an alternate solution to the red-or-white wine debacle. In fact, it may even solve a beer drinker’s qualms; the wine’s citrus-forward mouthfeel is reminiscent of an India Pale Ale (IPA) and offers a refreshing finish. SRP $30, jp-bourgeois.com 

Sullivan 2018 Coeur de Vigne, Rutherford Estate

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

Quattro Quarti Nero d’Avola Appassimento 

This Sicilian red wine conveys the warmth of its coastal Mediterranean roots. The native grapes are hand-picked before the winemakers leave them to experience the natural process of dehydration (appassimento means withering or dry in Italian). This process encourages boosted concentration of aromas and softens the tannins–it’s a velvety, smooth choice. SRP $10, vivino.com

E. Guigal 2017 Côtes du Rhône Rouge

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