This Ski Vermont Wine is the Perfect Pairing for Après


This Ski Vermont Wine is the Perfect Pairing for Après

Wine…it’s not exactly peoples’ order of choice when it comes to après-ski. From the days of cheap light beer to the more modern craft revolution, that title has always belonged to beer. Wine, has always been more of a dinner spirit. The perfect pairing for a nice steak or a plate of chicken parm and macaroni. But, if it pairs so well with heartwarming foods like that, why can’t it work at apres? I mean, who doesn’t enjoy a nice bowl of chili partnered with a bottle of cabernet. That is comfort food at its finest and après-ski is all about comfort. Sounds like we have it all all wrong and wine just might be an equally perfect ending to a day on the slopes.

A Cabernet That is Approachable and Delicious

This winter, 90+ Cellars has partnered with Ski Vermont to produce their very own collaboration wine that will absolutely put and end to your après-ski drinking biases. This cabernet is both approachable and delicious, two keys to breaking into a market that has been dominated by beer. The approachability is key. There aren’t two many wine snobs hanging at the ski bar at day’s end. Those type of pretenses are checked on the slopes. So making a wine whose price point and flavors are manageable to a skiing and riding public is essential. 90+ Cellars and Ski Vermont nailed it! Retailing at only $15.99, a bottle is quite affordable and won’t break the bank for too many ski bums. And from a flavor perspective, it is in no way over powering.

A Traditional Food Wine That Drinks Easy

Cabernet sauvignon has also always been more of a food wine because of this grape’s ability to stand up to heartier meats and sauces. That doesn’t necessarily lend itself well to drinkability, particularly in a mountain market. However, that is not the case with the 90+ Ski Vermont collaboration. This cabernet is as comfortable without food as it is with it. The subtleness of the vanilla, chocolate and oakiness makes for quite a tasty wine, worth drinking even on its own. However, if you do happen to be looking for that perfect pairing, I definitely have some unique apres-ski ish ideas for you to check out over at All About Après . Seriously, I go way outside the box to drink this wine in a way, that probably has Bacchus cringing somewhere.

Rich Stoner

Rich Stoner is the founder of the après-ski lifestyle clothing and media brand, All About Après. No stranger to the ski and après-ski scene, Rich has been a long time contributor for many publications on topics like skiing, gear, beer and food. However, his passion is on the slopes and enjoying good times with good people. You can find him perfecting his craft carving turns and drinking beers in the Green Mountains of Vermont. @allaboutapres