Spring Sips

Much of the East Coast may not be feeling it, but spring is almost here! In fact, tomorrow is the first day of spring and our palates are SO ready. Spring wines, like fashion, means lighter, fresher and floral. Some spring picks to get you in the mood for warmer weather include:

Torrontes: Floral and fruit-driven are the hallmarks of this delightful white from Argentina.Think aromatics of Viognier, acidity of Sauvignon Blanc. Delicate and dry and super-drinkable. Our pick: Crios de Susana Balbo Torrontes

Riesling: Known for its enticing aromatics, excellent acidity and manageable alcohol levels, eroicalabelRiesling is ideal for spring. But aren’t all Rieslings sweet, you ask? Absolutely not. Many Rieslings are dry or just slightly off-dry and make excellent sipping for daytime spring weather. Our picks include the Chateau Ste. Michelle Eroica Riesling from Washington State and the Clean Slate Riesling from Germany. Both are super-refreshing and excellent values.

Rhone Blends: Reds or whites, Rhone blends are what I like to call all-season wines. Whether you’re looking for something to get you through the heat of summer or warm up by the fire in winter, or, in this case, something perfect for milder spring weather, Rhone blends will do the trick. It’s not that they are boring, it’s more like they are versatile wines, matching with a myriad of foods and changing seasons. And both reds and whites often display those floral aromatics we’re looking for in spring! Pick up a d’Arenberg The Hermit Crab Viognier-Marsanne if you’re interested in white wine, a bottle of Delas St. Esprit Cotes-du-Rhone Rouge for reds.

Pinot Noir: Bright and juicy Pinot Noir just feels so spring-like. Red cherry, a touch of spice and a supple texture… everything perfect for spring. I’d spring for the Chehalem 3 Vineyard Pinot Noir, a classic Oregon Pinot, rich and balanced, offering juicy acidity and ripe fruits.

You may have other wines that lead you to think spring. so make sure you browse our Spring Clearance sale and load up for the warm weather (or for those still in snow, the soon-to-be warmer weather). Happy Spring!