Spring is here! Or is it? What’s that white stuff I see falling outside my window?
Sigh… if you’re like me, you’ve got a bad case of cabin fever right about now and are longing for spring… real spring weather. Well, I can’t make Mother Nature move any faster but I can suggest a few wines that will help pass the time and transport you to days of tulips, picnics and the crack of the bat at Fenway Park. Play ball!
In a word, YAY!!! Rosé is back and it’s time to drink pink! If there was ever a harbinger of spring for me, it’s rosé. All winter long I wait (rather impatiently) for the season’s new releases to arrive. I prefer the delicate dry blends of southern France and Lot 33 from the Languedoc has everything I love!
A blend of Syrah, Grenache, Cinsault, and Mourvedre, it has aromas of strawberries and raspberries with mild notes of herbs. More red fruit in the mouth with a bit of spice. Pairs well with spring evenings, goat cheese, tuna tartare and light pasta dishes.
Bright, crisp and zippy, Sauvignon Blanc is one of my favorite wines to sip as the nice weather approaches. It’s refreshing without being overly light. The Lot 64 is somewhat of a hidden gem in my opinion and a stellar example of the varietal with aromas of grapefruit and melon and a hint of fresh herbs and wildflowers. Clean and cool with that classic Sauv Blanc zing! Sip with crusty French bread, goat cheese, simple salads and cold chicken sandwiches.
One of my perennial favs from 90+, this smooth red is my pick for the springtime sports fan. A luscious blend of Syrah, Grenache and Mouvedre with notes of blackberry and chocolate along with some spice and red fruit, it’s perfect for those chilly nights when you’re firing up the grill and watching the game! Easy-drinking, especially with grilled sausage, chili dogs, juicy burgers and BBQ wings. A definite crowd-pleaser!
Pinot Noir is such a diverse and delectable grape! Earthy, fruity, rustic, silky, smooth… there are many descriptors depending on where it’s grown. Although its home is Burgundy, the grape thrives in Oregon, and in particular in the Willamette Valley. Pinots are great year-round wines but I chose Lot 137 because it’s fresh with bright notes of strawberry and cherry, balanced with violets and spice. And that pretty pink and purple label on the bottle just conjures up thoughts of spring! This is an exquisite wine and would be amazing with seared tuna or salmon, herbed garlic pork roast and mushroom/mozzarella bruschetta.
Interested in springing forward with these wines? Check out our Think Spring 6-pack! We’ve also included 2 other wines that pair well with blooming gardens and sunshine: Tempesta di Stelle and Lot 66 Riesling! ($59.99 – 25% off value)