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Whether it's champagne on New Year's or port on a long winter's night, wine in the winter just kind of makes sense. It warms you from the outside in and is a positively splendid companion to nurse by the crackling fireplace. Hey, what else are you going to do when your door is blocked by a two-foot snowdrift?
Rest be assured such frigid temperatures require more than your average cream puff varietals - save that full-of-fruit rosé for the summer.
Here to assist in stocking your cold weather cellar is Richard Betts. Betts is the co-founder of Betts & Scholl wines and the founder of cc: Wines, which just launched in October 2010. The former wine director at The Little Nell in Aspen, Colorado, passed his Court of Master Sommeliers exam on his first try, becoming only the ninth person to do so at the time - let's just say, we trust this man's palate.
My Five Favorite Winter Wines (at least right now): Richard Betts
2. California dreamin'
3. La vie française
4. Don't cry for me Argentina, but do bring me a glass
5. More bang for your buck
What are you drinking this winter? Pour a glass in the comments.
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