As the days grow longer and we head into spring, now’s the time to lighten up your drink with bright and refreshing wines. Whether the only way is rosé or you’re trying to expand your wine horizons, we have a few recommendations that will see you through to summer. Keep scrolling for 6 delicious wines you’ll want to taste.
- Chateau d’Esclans Whispering Angel Rose 2017 (Wine.com) Starting with pink, a Provençal rosé is the proper way to welcome springtime. A refreshing, fruit-forward bottle, this pairs well with fish or a market-fresh salad.
- Bodegas Muga Rioja Rosado 2016 (Wine.com) If you’re looking to expand your rosé game, dive into a bottle of Spanish rosado. Rioja pinks tend to be citrus-y and fresh, with a bit of tang.
- M. Chapoutier Cotes du Rhone Belleruche Rose 2016 (Wine.com) It’s not unusual for the French to sip rosé with a light meal; a lovely pink from the Rhone is a great wine to serve if you’re hosting a luncheon or dinner. This bottle is a fine accompaniment with risotto, fish or seafood.
- Chateau de la Ragotiere Muscadet Sur Lie Black Label 2016 (Wine.com) Muscadet, from France’s Loire Valley, is the most produced wine in the region. This bottle has bold citrus and mineral notes with clean, crisp flavors, making it a great wine to serve with food. It’s also ideal for those who want to avoid sweeter, fruity wines.
- Freixenet Sparkling Cordon Negro Brut Cava (Wine.com) Sometimes, a sparkling wine is the only thing that will do. For these occasions, some prefer a crisp, dry cava to its sweeter Italian cousin, prosecco. This very affordable bottle is sophisticated enough to pair with starters such as oysters and foie gras. And its fresh, fruity notes makes it able to stand up on its own when you make a toast to spring.
- Maison L'Envoye Moulin-a-Vent 2014 (Wine.com) There’s always room for a red wine during springtime; choose a lighter, fruity red like a Gamay. Lighter reds are perfect for barbecues or a Sunday roast chicken dinner.
Springtime wine tips:
- It’s essential to chill rosé, sparkling and white wines, but don’t drink the wine ice cold.
- A quickly chilled lighter red wine is also acceptable, if you fancy it.
- If you’re taking wine on a picnic, invest in a portable, freezable wine bag (Bed Bath & Beyond) to keep your wine the right temperature.