While we continue to slowly edge toward spring, we are still in the midst of winter. Some of us have had quite the winter too. To help combat the black cloud of cabin fever, I have found that sitting back and appreciating the slow pace of winter (or finding a slow pace…even for a minute) helps a bit.

For many of us, the ideal way to relax is to sit back with a good book and some good wine…all while ignoring the winter weather warnings and your electric bill.

Here are some of my favorite wines this season:

Argentina Malbec– A classic for any winter. The altitude in Argentina is key. Those from a higher altitude will have more flavors, acidity, and tannins. These Malbecs are super juicy and jammy with flavors of plums, blueberries, vanilla bean, tobacco, and chocolate covered cherries.

Alsatian Gewurztraminer- A dry, aged Gewurztraminer from Alsace, France puts you right in the region in a little town that looks suspiciously similar to the one from Beauty & The Beast. Honeysuckle, lemon, rose, tangerine, and grapefruit are primary flavors. This is also the ideal wine to pair with any spicy Asian takeout.

Washington Rose– A great wine to remind you of better weather. This is also one of my favorite wines to pair with a cured meat and cheese board. Washington Roses are light, crisp, and acidic with flavors of citrus, grapefruit, and apples.

Moscato d’ Asti- My idea of dieting to help combat the winter pounds is swapping out dessert for a glass of sweet chilled Moscato d’ Asti. This is the ideal dessert wine, sweet, crisp, and sparkling.

What are your go-to wines right now?