Column: Warm-climate winners for the winter blahs.

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Commentary by Elizabeth Morse

Arguably, we’ve had more than our share of warm days this winter. However, chilly days are here and with that, I’ve got some suggestions to chase away those winter blues. Grapes grown in warm climates have distinct flavors which translate to wines that have warmth and a powerful presence. My picks for this month are available at Tasteful Times in Fishers.

From the Piedmont region in Italy, Angelin Negro, Nebbiolo. It smells like roses and tastes like juicy, ripe blackberries. This wine has the most subtle flavors of this bunch, but still offers nice structure with tannins that are evident ($17.99).

For my white wine lovers, try El Enemigo Chardonnay (Mendoza, Argentina), $25. Winemaker Alejandro Vigil is a master of chard, and this beauty is no exception. It reminds me of caramel apples. Bright, tart fruit, but rounded with butterscotchy, salty flavors that linger in the mouth.

Today’s winner hails from Jumilla, Spain. Clio is a big, red wine (mostly monastrell with some cabernet cauvignon). It is a perfect match with steaks or lasagna. You’ll get a big, fragrant face full of red fruit and vanilla while your palate enjoys a blueberries and toasty oak. This is one of those bottles that tastes like double the price. Quantities are limited, so don’t dally ($34ish for your next special occasion). Cheers!

Shameless plug: Yours truly will be teaching some foodie wine classes each Wednesday in February at the new Fishers Test Kitchen. Please sign up to join the fun. Watch for details on Facebook.

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