Spring has sprung bringing warmer temperatures and inspiration to get outside more, maybe even enough to host your first outdoor gathering of the season. In our constant quest for discovering the best wines for every occasion, we've found some delicious crowd pleasers that work perfectly for the season. Here's our roundup of wines to make your next spring gathering one that everyone will be talking about...until your next one of course.
We love Champagne and it's probably the most versatile wine for food pairings, regardless of the season. For spring fare where there's a bounty of seasonal green vegetables, rosé champagne tends to work better to offset any bitterness from the greens. NV Billecart-Salmon Brut Rosé is a sure bet for this category, but as much as we love our friends, it's hard to splurge on them all the time. For a lovely, budget-friendly alternative made in the Champagne method, the 2013 Raventos i Blanc de Nit Rosado Cava is sure to please any crowd.
If you think about spring vegetables such as ramps, spring peas, and asparagus, consider bright whites such as Sancerre or Vermentino that have lively acidity and a balance of herbaceous and tropical fruit flavors. A delicious, well priced Sancerre is the 2014 La Croix Saint Laurent Sancerre Blanc. 2014 was a warm vintage in the region, so expect a bit more of a fruit.
Our team recently discovered a Vermentino from the Rhône Valley which just sings for spring. The 2014 Anne Pichon Sauvage Vermentino is the perfect spring sipper and yes, it's Vermentino from France. Vermentino is known as Rolle in France, but as it's not as widely recognized as the name Vermentino, Marc Pichon (winemaker) decided to keep the Italian name.
Think of reds that provide a nice balance of earthiness and fruit, lively acidity, and not too much in the way of tannins. Reds that are easy drinking and fresh, but are not what some of our friends would call, "watered down" tasting. These lighter reds taste best with a slight chill, especially when enjoying them with spring fare or sunny activities outside.
Pinot Noir with a balance of earthiness and berry fruit flavor is sure to please a crowd and works just as well with artichokes or pizza on the grill. A lovely example of one is 2014 Copain Tous Ensemble Pinot Noir. Copain's Tous Ensemble series offers great value for the quality in general. They also make other styles of wine such as Chardonnay, Rosé, and Syrah in this series.
For a bit more more heft without harshness, try an earthy red with a silky smooth texture, soft tannins, and lively acidity. Sicily is a region that is crushing it in this department. 2013 Di Giovanna Nerello Mascalese is a tasty example for an amazing price. A wine made with organic grapes, by a multi-generation family owned winery, at an affordable price point. What's not to love?
They say time is money and the fewer decisions to make, the less stress you'll have in your life. So, allow us to help you simplify your life and bring you delight with a wonderful selection of wine curated just for you.