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Winter is just around the corner, and there is no better time to explore the world of wine than in the comfort of your home. Just imagine being able to curl up to a bottle of top-notch wine while watching your favorite holiday movie or while entertaining your family and friends this holiday season.

This winter is the perfect time to begin collecting bottles for gifts for your friends who enjoy the finer things in life. Wine is one of those finer things! To help you find wines that fit every occasion this winter, we have put together a quick guide.

Styles Of Wine To Explore This Winter

Rich and Spicy Reds:

  • Varietals to explore: Zinfandel, Syrah, and Malbec.
  • Characteristics: These wines often boast robust flavors of dark fruits, spices, and sometimes a hint of smokiness. Zinfandel, in particular, can be a great choice with its bold profile.
  • Suitability: Excellent choices for cozy nights by the fireplace or pairing with hearty winter dishes. These can make great gifts for red wine enthusiasts.


  • Varietals to explore: Champagne, Prosecco, and sparkling wines from different regions.
  • Characteristics: Effervescent and celebratory, sparkling wines are perfect for holiday toasts. Champagne offers a sophisticated touch, while Prosecco is a more budget-friendly option.
  • Suitability: Ideal for holiday celebrations and as a thoughtful gift for hosts or those who enjoy sparkling beverages.

Full-Bodied Whites:

  • Varietals to explore: Chardonnay (oaked), Viognier, and Roussanne.
  • Characteristics: These whites often have a rich, full-bodied texture with flavors of ripe fruits, vanilla, and sometimes a touch of butteriness.
  • Suitability: Pair well with creamy winter soups, poultry, and seafood. A bottle of a well-aged oaked Chardonnay can make a thoughtful and impressive gift.

Dessert Wines:

  • Varietals to explore: Port, Sauternes, and Ice Wine.
  • Characteristics: Sweet and luscious dessert wines are perfect for rounding off a holiday meal. Port wines have a rich, fortified character, while Sauternes and Ice Wines offer a natural sweetness from late-harvested grapes.
  • Suitability: Excellent as a sweet treat after festive dinners or paired with desserts. Small bottles of dessert wine can make thoughtful and luxurious gifts.

Winter Warmers:

  • Varietals to explore: Cabernet Sauvignon, Barolo, and Amarone.
  • Characteristics: These bold reds are known for their high tannins and complex flavors. They often benefit from some aging, offering a velvety texture and layers of taste.
  • Suitability: Perfect for sipping slowly during cold winter nights. A well-aged bottle of Barolo or Amarone can be a special and impressive gift for wine connoisseurs.

 Wine And Winter In AshevilleRemember, personal preferences vary, so it's always a good idea to consider the taste preferences of the recipient when choosing a wine as a gift. Exploring diverse wine styles adds a layer of enjoyment to winter festivities and provides an opportunity to share the warmth and richness of the season.

Metro Wines - Your #1 Choice For Wine In Asheville

If you're searching for a fine, locally-owned wine store, look no further than Metro Wines! We carry a large selection of uncommon wines that are difficult to locate, in addition to wines from local growers. We are here to help you choose the ideal wine for any occasion or meal.

We always have knowledgeable wine consultants on staff to answer questions, make recommendations, and work with your caterer or event planner.

Together with a vast array of wines, we also offer a variety of events and tastings. We have wine seminars, scheduled tastings, and social gatherings every month. Check out our website for details on future events, weekly tastings, and special occasions.

Visit Metro Wines to add to your collection, and browse our online store while you're here. We look forward to serving you!