ALDI's Kelly's Crossing Sauvignon Blanc and Leslee Miller

Holiday Reds & Whites

November 9, 2016 – As a sommelier, I often hear from folks that they only drink white wine in the spring and summer and red in the fall and winter. While I often try and get wine enthusiasts to drink all styles of wine, at all times of the year, I agree – there sure is nothing like a glass of red wine that soothes a crispy fall day or chilly winter’s eve.

Hello! I’m Leslee Miller, regular contributor to the Simply Smarter Living blog and the official ALDI Sommelier. Is this red /white dilemma part of your seasonal routine when it comes to drinking wine? Sure, red wine does seem to feel a little ‘warmer’ on the palate, yet I like to think of pairing wine more from the perspective of ‘your mood or your food’.

For instance, if I’m grilling a gorgeous cut of beef on the grill, then yes – often times a red wine with a little earth and smoke seems to do the trick for pairing, but if it’s a super chilly day in winter and I’d rather be sunning somewhere on the beach, there sure is nothing like a glass of Sauvignon Blanc like ALDI’s delicious Kelly’s Crossing from New Zealand to brighten my spirits. Yet, there are a few reds that do a pretty good job of crossing the seasons!

ALDI exclusive and award-winning wine, Scarlet Path Zinfandel from Lodi, California has notes of supple rose petal, blueberry, black cherry, blackberry, bits of licorice and bright summer garden herbs. All these flavors make a perfect combo for those smoked meats or charred veggies we love on the grill in the fall, yet works perfectly with a juicy BBQ cheeseburger in the summertime.

Hot off the list of accolade-achieving wine lists, ALDI exclusive Outlander Meritage from Paso Robles, California also does the trick for bridging the seasons for wine drinkers. Loaded with soft dark berry fruit, blackberry jam, anise and vanilla – I love this wine with a warm bowl of blackberry cobbler and ice cream in the summertime. I also fall completely head-over-heels when I pair it with ALDI chocolate-covered cherries and a wedge of Happy Farms Preferred Blue Cheese on a chilly fall evening. There’s nothing like it!

So whether you’re a fan of seasonal wine sipping, or just going for those reds this fall and winter season, don’t forget to make room for all the other grape varietals in the world, too. There might just come a ‘mood’ or a ‘food’ that will need one color or the other to make you happy!Sommelier Leslee Miller

Leslee Miller is a dually certified Sommelier through the International Sommelier Guild and the Court of Master Sommeliers. She is the sole owner of wine consulting firm, Amusée, based in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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