Winter Wines from Loudoun County, VA
Happy 2017! We hope you enjoyed New Years Eve and Day, and toasted the start of the new year with something delicious.
If you're local to the DC metro area, then you know that winter is here! As the temperatures drop and jackets are worn on the regular, one thing that may bring you a bit of warmth and coziness is the idea of sipping some local wines that are perfect for colder months!
Most would say that reds are the go-to type of wine to drink in the winter, as they tend to be more warming. And while we are big fans of red wines (as you’ll see below) we also think that there are some fabulous whites to consider, too.
Below you’ll find a top 6 list of wines (narrowing down to 5 was too tough!) that taste especially great in the winter months. They’re a bit fuller and a bit more robust than lighter wines, which we love when it’s warmer outside.
Links to where you can find our top six winter wines are below, in case you’d like to stop by the wineries or buy online. Cheers!
1. Stone Tower Winery’s 2014 Wild Boar Cabernet Sauvignon – This red, which is aged for 20 months in French oak, holds up well against hearty, spicier fare, such as your favorite chili or a great steak. It’s delicious now, or can be saved and savored anytime in the next decade or so.
2. Sunset Hills 2014 Merlot - This wine is approachable and is easy to pair with cheese, charcuterie, and bread, or even with a fuller meal. You can’t go wrong with it – it’s a crowd pleaser.
3. Cana Winery’s 2014 Cabernet Franc – A double gold medal winner from the 2016 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition! Cab Franc is one of the region’s best growing red varietals, and this one does not disappoint.
4. Stone Tower Winery’s 2015 Roussanne/Viognier – The combination of Roussanne and Viognier is very unique to the Northern Virginia area, so scoop up a bottle of this while you can! This full-bodied white wine pairs beautifully with roasted chicken, turkey, pork, and hearty casseroles.
5. Greenhill Winery’s 2014 Chardonnay – If you tend to like Chardonnays from the Burgundy region of France then you will love this wine! It is aged in French oak for 11 months before bottling, and so has a richness to it that makes it perfect for the winter months. It’ll be especially cozy next to the fireplace.
6. Bluemont Vineyard’s 2014 Farm Table Red – This fun red is a blend of 44% Merlot, 30% Chambourcin, 11% Petit Verdot, 9% Cabernet Franc, and then a small mix of Norton and Vidal Blanc. Piqued your interest yet? This is great enjoyed now and pairs with a variety of food.
In food and love,
Meghan and ML
Now tell us…
- What’s you’re favorite winter wine?
- What’s your favorite way to stay cozy on a chilly day?
- Do you prefer full bodied reds or whites? Or both?