Spring into Wine
Spring is hands down my favorite time of year -- at least here in Bakersfield it is my favorite season. Everything is new and fresh -- flowers are blooming, everything has that bright green color that just stands out, the air is cleanish. With this change in season from dreary and not quite fall, not quite winter, to spring, comes a change in what I feel like drinking wine wise. I think that goes for all of us. A customer of mine yesterday said it best, "you know Spring is in the air when it switches from cases and cases of Cab every week to Chardonnay" #true dat.
I have had several people ask me over the last week or so what the best wines are to drink during this time of year and to serve at bridal showers, baby showers, bbq's etc., so I thought I would compile a little list of whites, to start, (I will do reds next week), and also do a LIVE Wednesday tonight to talk about it and showcase some of the wines -- INCLUDING, the new rose that Target released this spring called "Yes Way Rose".
Pinot Grigio/Pinot Gris : first lets get something straight here -- two names, same wine. Pinot Grigio aka Pinot Gris all stems from the Mother Pinot grape. Her offspring additionally include Pinot Noir, Pinot Blanc, etc. The Italians and Americans say Pinot Grigio, the French say Pinot Gris, easy peasy. The flavors you can expect out of this light bodied wine are pears, citrus (lots of citrus in my opinion), green apples and white peaches.
The American Pinot Grigio tends to be more fruit driven less acid
The Italian Pinot Grigio tends to be more acidicly lemon on the palette
The French Pinot Gris tends to have more honey notes on the finish
Rose Rose Rose:
Just buy it. If you like red wine, or if you do not, there is a rose for everyone at this point. Everyone is making the pink stuff, everyone is buying it up as fast as it is released and everyone is realizing this NOT SWEET 'light' red wine is just flipping delicious. Whatever the red wine is that you typically like to drink, say Pinot Noir or Cabernet Sauvignon, find a rose of that, chill it -- serve it, make slushies with it, just consume it. It is a win/wine for all.
I can actually hear my friend Karen saying this while I type this out --- Gruner VELT-Leener. Strange name, awesome wine originating from Austria. Think, a Sauvignon Blancs sassy step sister. The name actually means 'green wine of Veltin', a town that was in the Alps in the 1600's. Gruner wines tend to lean on the more nutty, spicy side of the spectrum. Almost like a viognier meets a dry riesling meets a sauvignon blanc -- mmm. The flavors tend to be that of lemons, limes, nectarines, ginger, and almonds. Trader Joe's almost always has some Gruner if you are not sure where to look to find one.
Try Albarino, do not be afraid of it or the name. Pronounced, Alba-reen-yo, this grape comes from Spain and Portugal and is delicious! When I was in Spain, if I was not drinking Cava (their sparkling wine), I was consuming albarino like it was the last drop of water left. It goes AMAZING with seafood, ceviche, sunshine, life, make out sessions in foreign countries while adopting a little dog wearing a beret.
The flavor is a mix of lemon, limes, nectarines, subtle saltiness and mouth watering acidity. Another great part about this sassy little vixen of a wine is the PRICE. Typically, Alba-reen-yos are on the inexpensive side because nobody's paying them much attention -- use that to your advantage, pay this one lots of
So this is my line up of suggestions for all things Spring R Us -- try them, seek them out, buy them, take them to BBQ's, on dates, to the movies, on a hike, the beach, whatever. You will NOT be disappointed. And remember, if you buy a bottle and are not a fan, do NOT assume you do not like that type of wine, you probably just do not like the 'baker' of this wine. Did you give up on chocolate chip cookies when you had Aunt Mables chocolate chip hockey disks? NO, you had faith, moved on and found your moms who were warm, doughy, crunchy and all things right in this world!
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