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Five winter-friendly whites to get cosy with

Viognier, Roussanne and Marsanne have travelled far beyond France, and are often blended into rich white wines that will take you on a delicious journey

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Get cosy with these winter-friendly whites

Get cosy with these winter-friendly whites

d’Arenberg The Hermit Crab Viognier Marsanne 2018

d’Arenberg The Hermit Crab Viognier Marsanne 2018

Laurent Miquel Cote 128 Pech Sévignac Viognier 2020

Laurent Miquel Cote 128 Pech Sévignac Viognier 2020

Domaine Pochon Crozes-Hermitage Etienne Pochon Blanc 2019

Domaine Pochon Crozes-Hermitage Etienne Pochon Blanc 2019

Chassaux & Fils Roussanne 2020

Chassaux & Fils Roussanne 2020

Emiliana Novas Viognier Gran Reserva

Emiliana Novas Viognier Gran Reserva

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Get cosy with these winter-friendly whites

Only one of this week’s wines was made anywhere near the long valley that stretches from Côte-Rôtie, south of Lyon, to Châteauneuf-du-Pape, north of Marseilles, and yet they are all Rhône-style wines. The three aromatic grapes featured today — Viognier, Roussanne and Marsanne — all hail from that valley, though have travelled far within and beyond France, with enthusiastic plantings over west in the Languedoc and Roussillon as well as down under in Australia. New Zealand, Chile, Argentina, west coast USA and South Africa also dabble.

This trio are often blended in various combinations into rich, voluptuous white wines that are generous in aroma and body. Depending on the blend, aromas might include peach and nectarine, honey nut and gingerbread, blossom and honeysuckle, chamomile and verbena. With this exotic perfume evoking sunnier climes, and their rich, sometimes fat mouthfeel, they partner well with roast birds or fish, creamy dishes, and Chinese or Thai flavours with soy, ginger, lime and herbal notes. These are winter-friendly whites to get cosy with.


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