The bowl of clementines on my kitchen table teased me for days, even as I peeled the rind off each until only a few remained. What wine would I pair with these? I wanted a wine to accentuate clementines' sweet, rounded citrus notes. But I didn't want that exact taste, just one that would complement it. Finally, it came to me: Roussanne, a white-wine grape tracing back to France's Rhône
region, with its notes of honeyed tropical fruits. California varieties are just as good (I recommend 2007 Rosenblum Cellars
Fess Parker Roussanne, Santa Barbara County, $25).
During the summer it's not uncommon to sip wine with sliced fruit. Why should we give that up after the first snowfall? Winter fruits are bold, tart and often of the citrus family. Pairing possibilities are endless, and the fruits bring a burst of color to the table.
Here are some great wine picks for winter fruits.