You may see yourself as a red wine drinker because you like the dryness of Cabernet, the bold fruit of Merlot, or the smoky flavor of Malbec. But for every one of these reasons for choosing red, there is a white wine that will satisfy that very same preference. Here, local experts weigh in with suggestions for whites that could sway even the most committed red enthusiast.
If you like big reds such as Zinfandels that have a spicy finish
Rich Credidio, owner of 12 Grapes in Peekskill, picks this complex white from Austria. While you may expect an Austrian Grüner to be sweet, this one is dry and boasts a peppery finish. It’s a bold white that pairs well with strongly flavored chicken, pork, or fish.
$9/glass; $36/bottle at 12 Grapes Restaurant,
12 N Division St, Peekskill (914) 737-6624 www.12grapes.com
If you like the acidity and structure of a red Burgundy from the Côte de Nuitâ€‹
The Jura, from the French region of Franche-Comte, is Rochambeau Wines & Liquors General Manager Jeff Wooddy’s choice. It’s an intense blend of Chardonnay and Sauvignon, barrel-aged for three years. It carries the acidity and structure of red Burgundy, proving that whites have depth too.
$29.99/bottle at Rochambeau Wines & Liquors,
389 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry (914) 693-0034 www.rochambeauwines.com
If you like a full-bodied Cabernet
Pour’s Owner Anthony Colasacco selects this full-bodied Chardonnay from Burgundy. The heavily textured wine is rich on the palate, like many reds. Drink it with an aged Bûcheron goat cheese.
$13/glass at Pour, 241 E Main St, Mount Kisco
(914) 864-0606; www.pourmtkisco.com
If you like the minerality of a Napa Valley Howell Mountain Cabernet
This dry white starts with tangerine and finishes with salt and smoke. That, plus a subtle hint of residual sugar, convinced Westchester Wine Warehouse Director of Fine Wine Ken Irving that it’s the white for even the most ardent red wine loyalists.
$16.99/bottle at Westchester Wine Warehouse,
53 Tarrytown Rd, White Plains (914) 824-1400 www.westchesterwine.com