It’s spring, finally. Everything is sweet and dry, the colours are soft and lovely, and no, we are not talking fashion. We’re talking spring sips—wine, to be exact. What are you sipping this spring? We can only speak for ourselves. Interestingly, wine is not that different from fashion, though. Just as we are replacing the heavy clothes with lighter ones, so are we thinking about which wines we need in our wine racks.
It’s the time of shifting towards lighter clothes, foods and wines. Opting for crisp whites, BBQ-ready reds or refreshing Prosecco is key when looking to re-tool your wine rack for the warmer season ahead. E & J Gallo Sommelier, Christine Riddell, has just the right tips to help you balance your wine rack in an effort to complement the warmer spring days and occasions ahead.
6 Must-Sip Wines You’ll Love This Spring
1. WHITE AND LIGHT WINE
For us, this season is the ideal time to think pink when it comes to your wine selections. Mix a refreshingly sweet wine with soda water and garnish with fresh berries for a lighter, spring-inspired cocktail. A perfect start to any party on the deck!
Try: E & J Gallo White Zinfandel for $9.95
2. ROBUST RED WINE
Just because it’s summer, make sure not to forget about those reds! With grilling season around the corner, having a robust, red wine on your wine rack is a must. Look for a wine that’s medium-bodied and not too heavy, that pairs well with barbeque, and will be sure to elevate your backyard fare. Enjoy with grilled burgers and rib-eye steak with chimichurri sauce to hit it out of the park.
Try: Alamos Malbec for $15.95
3. SWEET MOSCATO WINE
Instead of opting for a traditional dessert, why not end your meal with a glass of chilled moscato? Serve as an accompaniment to seasonally fresh fruits and cream for a simple and delicious treat. Tip: Moscatos typically pair really well with sweet stuff because of the varietal’s nature.
Try: Barefoot Moscato for $10.95
4. COOL AND CRISP WINE
If the warmer weather has you craving lighter fare, then go cool, crisp and refreshing, something that pairs perfectly with lightly grilled fish and salads. And keep in mind that a vibrant, full-bodied Sauvignon Blanc is satisfying to sip as the days get longer and temperatures grow warmer.
Try: Whitehaven Sauvignon Blanc for $19.45
5. BUBBLY CHEERS WINE
Having a bottle of bubbly is great to have on-hand to toast those everyday moments worthy of celebration. Whether cheers-ing your best gal pal, acknowledging an unexpected promotion, or simply celebrating a Thursday Night with friends, having a bottle of prosecco or champagne to enjoy those summer moments is essential.
Try: La Marca Prosecco for $16.90
6. PREMIUM CHOICE WINE
Sure the spring months are known for being cheerful and light, but sometimes the occasion calls for a more premium wine that is not only delicious but also crowd-friendly. You want an elegant choice for serving at a dinner party, something that’s beautifully balanced with dark fruit and a flourish of spice that will enhance tomato-based pasta dishes, pizza and braised short ribs.
Try: Louis M. Martini Cabernet Sauvignon for $20.80