Reasons to Drink Wine This Winter

There are lots of reasons to drink wine in the winter. But our favorite is the delicious in-season produce that's best during colder months. (Hello, citrus!) We chose six in-season recipes and turned to Doug Bell and Master Sommelier Devon Broglie, the national beverage buyers for Whole Foods Market, for their expert pairing tips. This wine guide proves the best time for wine is winter!

In Season: Kale

Make: Kale Salad

Pair It With:  Devon: Something crisp and light with herbal undertones. I love Domaine Wachau Grüner Veltliner from Austria ($18).

Doug: A nice, fairly acidic old-world Sauvignon Blanc, like a Graves from Bordeaux, France, especially Domaine de Chevalier Grand Cru Classé de Graves ($60).

In Season: Fennel

Make: Brown Butter Fennel Gratin

Pair It With: 

Devon: I love fennel, and this recipe with the brown butter and Gruyere provides perfect umami for a beautiful Italian Brunello. One of my favorites is Livio Sassetti Pertimali Brunello Di Montalcino ($60).

Doug: A new world, oaky Chardonnay, especially DeMorgenzon Chardonnay from Stellenbosch South Africa ($17).

In Season: Sweet Potato

Make: Sweet Potato Quesadillas with Cucumber Relish

Pair It With:  Devon: Sweet potato and spicy is a perfect pairing for Riesling. I love Joh. Jos. Prüm Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese ($60). 

Doug: A German Riesling, especially a Kabinett style or a slightly drier one from Washington State, such as Chateau Ste Michelle Dry Riesling ($12).

In Season: Turnips

Make: Roasted Root Vegetable and Wilted Romaine Salad

Pair It With: Devon: Lovely Côtes du Rhône is just the ticket. A perfect, affordable crowd pleaser is Kermit Lynch Côtes du Rhône ($17).

Doug: Old-world Chardonnay, particularly a White Burgundy, Louis Latour Pernand-Vergelesses or Louis Latour Chassagne-Montrachet Blanc ($45, $200).

In Season: Grapefruit

Make: Broiled Grapefruit Tart

Pair It With: Devon: Bubbles! One of my favorites is De Chanceny Cremant de Loire. If you are making this recipe with white grapefruit, use the De Chanceny Brut. If you have ruby red grapefruit, opt for the Rosé ($16).

Doug: Champagne seems like a pretty versatile choice for this, especially a Grower Champagne like Pierre Gimonnet & Fils - Champagne Cuvée Cuis Brut Blanc de Blancs Brut ($60). Growers are simply more special and offer more nuance and excitement for the price than the major champagne houses who try to deliver perfect consistency year to year. 

In Season: Beets

Make: Chilled Beet Tart

Pair It With:  Devon: This savory tart with sesame and green onions would stand up to a full bodied (yet elegant) red wine. Paolo Scavino Barolo would be just the wine ($55).

Doug: An aromatic, floral and spicy Gewurztraminer from Alsace, specifically Hugel Gewurztraminer Classic ($18).

Doug Bell and Master Sommelier Devon Broglie are the national beverage buyers for Whole Foods Market, which has about 300 stores with wine departments (and of these, more than 200 offer wine/beer bars and some offer cocktails!). They are on a mission to make Whole Foods Market the trusted destination for a carefully curated selection of the most exciting beer, wine, and spirits that always over-deliver for the price.

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