People across the US right now are dealing with freezing temps, snow covered roads and can’t even imagine spring. But sometimes, just thinking about spring is enough to get you in a better mood! Think about flowers blooming, more hours of daylight and of course, lighter-bodied wines. Here are a few of our picks to help ease you into the transition from the heavy red wines of winter to the lighter wines for spring. Pour one of these in your glass and spring will be here before you know it.
Riesling, from Australia – Getting away from the sweeter style of Rieslings found in Germany or Alsace, Penfold’s Bin 51 Eden Valley Riesling is a much drier style with apple and lime aromas with bursts of citrus on the palate. There is also a mineral edge and marked crisp natural acidity, which gives it a crisp and refreshing flavor. Penfolds is an excellent example of a classic Australian bone dry Riesling.
Chardonnay from the Jura (France) – Not the oaky, buttery Chardonnays from California or the crisp mineral styles from Chablis, Jacques Tissot Cotes du Jura is rustic in flavor. Think apple on the nose with a nutty, almost vanilla-like finish. Rich and harmonious.
Merlot from Washington State – Still getting a bad rap from the movie Sideways, Merlot just can’t get back in consumers good graces. 14 Hands Merlot from Columbia Valley, WA should change your mind. It’s a great wine for the spring as the tannins are softer and it’s much lighter-bodied than say, Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon. Merlot has aromas of dark berry fruit, blackberries and black cherries. Blackberries are repeated on the palate with notes of plums, mocha and baking spice. The drink is rich from start to finish and its silky tannins make for a smooth farewell.
And if all else fails, pour yourself a nice glass of bubbly and call it a day.
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