If there is one thing the Sexy Mother Foodie truly loves, it is breaking rules. People tend to think of red wines as rich and warming—the stuff of hearty stews and fireside cocktail hours. The problem is the extension of this logic to mean that whites are for summers, when we need to cool ourselves with something light and thin.
Just as the rest of the modern world is setting aside its summery whites at Labor Day, Sexy Mother Foodies are ordering them by the case. Mind that theses are no lackluster, flat, and lemon-watery bottles but bold and spicy wines that are exactly what you should be drinking with that après-ski raclette. Or maybe a grilled cheese (with extra butter).
Here is a short list of what I’m stocking up on right now (and before you read this, don’t even think that you don’t like riesling “because it is too sweet.”):
Alsatian riesling: These aren’t “sweet.” French ones should be dry. (Not necessarily so for the German!). Hearty sausages. Braised root vegetables. Pork roasts. Yum.
Torrontés: Inexpensive Argentine ones are just the thing for the saucy and very aromatic Thai take-out I seem to crave each time it snows. They can get overwhelmed by too much spice, but I have a bottle that tastes like lemongrass.
Sparkling: You can’t go wrong, no matter what you’re eating. Just look for “traditional method” on the label (formerly “Champagne method”) and you’re good to go. And if you haven’t been drinking Spanish cavas, start there.
Gewurtraminer: Admittedly, this isn’t for everyone. It’s as polarizing as lychees in a bouquet of roses. However, even my naysaying husband agrees that it’s great with spicy Szechuan.
Chenin blanc: As far as I’m concerned, I saved the best for last here. This is by far my favorite grape ever since I accidentally opened a 20 year-old bottle I had intended to save for a special occasion. Funny thing: It made a special occasion of that night.
It smelled of honey and hazelnuts but was completely dry, full, and perfect. It’s the kind of wine that pushes you into the kitchen to roast a chicken.