Wines for Spring {our picks for the upcoming season}

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.

Penfolds Bin 51 Riesling (Australia)

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.

14 Hands Merlot

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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There’s a special connection when a girl meets a glass of wine after a long day. Glass in hand, Tanisha Townsend is a wine and spirits expert, educator, and consultant whose mission is to educate and entertain, while promoting the history and joys of fermented beverages to the mass- es. On her uber-popular blog, Girl Meets Glass, Tanisha shares her experiences in the world of wine and spirits with readers everywhere.

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  • David Wysocki March 4, 2015, 2:25 pm

    Ah yes Spring! And the passageway to warmer months. I find I gravitate to rose’s in the summer. I always keep one chilled on my sailboat. For some reason I enjoy whites more in winter than summer and pair them to the food/occasion, While, of course I do more reds in the cooler/colder months. But I have increasingly enjoyed dryer, what I call “European-style” rose’s for more than 20 years.

    Because they are to be enjoyed mostly the 1st year (mostly except for Tavels), they can vary quite a bit from year to year and vintner to vintner. It seems more and more wineries are experimenting with combinations of grapes and some berries not used as much in the past for rose’s.

    So every year there are increasingly ample opps to try a wide variety of rose’s. This past year I was displeased with the European/Mediterranean rose’s, but many other areas now produce them and seem to have had a better year last year, including our own Niagara area wineries/rose’s. So I’d suggest having fun exploring your own tastes rather than me suggesting any of the many I enjoy each year.

    That being said, there was a fun Spanish Rosado with a bit of sparkle in it that went down too easy and was great for the warmer NC climate. It ties in well with the theme of this article. My favourite merchant (Chapel Hill Wine Co – ) provided it and I checked back in with Todd, because I haven’t been able to get the wine here in the Toronto area since moving here 8 years ago. Todd affirmed the wine is: Castillo Perelada Cresta Rosa. If you can find it – Enjoy! If not – Explore! Cheers! – David

    • Tanisha Townsend March 5, 2015, 3:29 am

      Thanks so much for your comment David! I’ve had a sparkling Argentine malbec, which some would consider a rose, and yes it went down very easily lol.

      With all your talk of rose’s, I think you’ve given me an idea for a future post… 😉

      • David Wysocki March 5, 2015, 2:49 pm

        Now you have me salivating over the Argentine Malbec, that I even googled and glanced at our LCBO. Will be trying what I can find this season. See if you can find the Castillo Perelada Cresta Rosa too. Great idea on doing more on Rose’s! Look forward to it.


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