It’s finally spring, which means warmer weather and what better way to celebrate than with a glass of wine. Enjoy the longer days and the sunshine with the perfect wine that will truly feel like it’s finally spring. We have carefully researched and have taken the time to make the perfect list of wines to drink this spring.
Straw yellow colour with unmistakeable green reflections; a fine persistent perlage; intense and pleasing nose with a particularly fruity fragrance of white peach, floral notes of elder-flower, and herbal hints of sage; fresh and vivacious on the palate, rounded and well balanced, with a strong personality. This is excellent as an aperitif, with starters and first courses with fish.
The Smoke Tree vision for its rosé is for balance, finesse, and elegance; we’re crafting the perfect summer companion. Our winemaker searches for fruit with balanced acidity and fresh flavors of strawberry, passion fruit and lemon. The wine is primarily a blend of Grenache and Merlot with smaller amounts of Carignan, Zinfandel and Syrah. The wine is delicious on its own and with a finish that’s crisp and refreshing. If pairing with food, local and seasonal fare is ideal. Think vibrant salads, artisanal grains, or local seafood, simply grilled.
The first of the line, Sparkling Rosé, made up of Grenache, Syrah, and Vermentino is the Rosé base offers a low calories wine in a chic can perferct for a Spring picnic. Unlike most canned wines, Archer Roose wine varietals come from vineyards around the globe, with a varied portfolio that includes: Provence Rosé, a new vintage of Chilean Sauvignon Blanc and Bubbly from Veneto, Italy. In fact, Archer Roose’s Bubbly is one of the few canned wines that’s naturally fermented. Cans and retail for $11 on Convive.com
A fresh, vibrant expression of the traditional dry rose style that hails from the Margaret River of Australia, this vintage of Rosé boast of the complex textural edge that defines the Cape Mentelle style. A combination of direct pressing and saignee methods preserve the fresh fruit character and deliver delicate, fresh aromas and the bright salmon color.
The Marlborough region is blessed with a unique terroir... a cool, South Pacific climate that produces wines of great fruit intensity. Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc is a benchmark wine that epitomizes the vibrant aromatics and pure fruit flavours naturally afforded by the climate and soils of this remote southern wine region. Bright, lifted citrus aromatics of kaffir lime and grapefruit abound, supported by ripe nectarine-like notes. An elegant, concentrated palate reveals juicy stone fruit and lemongrass, supported by a lovely minerality. Its crisp acidity leads to a mouth-watering and persistent finish, suggesting a sauvignon blanc with age-ability.
The winery’s Sea Slopes Pinot Noir carries the Sonoma Coast appellation but comes primarily from their estate vineyard in the cool Fort Ross-Seaview appellation along the coast. An expressive ruby, this alluring Pinot Noir interweaves bing cherry, cranberry, hibiscus and lilac aromas with a touch of dried rose petals mixed with orange peel. The supple entry leads to wild strawberry, pomegranate, currant and juicy black plum with fine tannins. The elegant, structured layers of pure fruit vibrantly evolve into the bright, energetic, finish.
Dry Muscat on the other hand may not necessarily be a wine that is at the top of everyone’s grocery lists – but it should be. Bonterra’s 2017 Dry Muscat has an intricate palate of orange blossom, tangerine, honeysuckle and a hint of apricot with satisfying flavors of grapefruit, preserved lemons and nectarine. Perfectly chilled, this wine is a beautiful aperitif or a pairing perfection with cuisine with a touch of spice.
This limited-edition bottle boasts red fruit aromas with developing notes of blueberry, black currant and raspberry. An ideal match to Japanese cuisine. With a refined and vibrant structure, its clean aromas are refreshing and exuberant — pairing well with sushi and sashimi, salmon, tuna or sea bream. Shellfish, such as prawns, whether prepared spicy or tempura style, will also be a great match.
Firesteed has been making Willamette Valley wines since 1992, and their new vintage of Pinot Gris shows what the variety can do there. It’s a refreshing, crisp wine with broad texture and a lingering finish. By blending several vineyard sources and avoiding heavy-handed winemaking techniques, this becomes a balanced wine focused on the abundant varietal fruit character of this classic grape.
Calafuria is a delightful rosé produced from 100% Negroamaro grapes from the Masseria Maime estate in the Upper Salento district of Puglia. The wine pairs beautifully with seafood, appetizers and light entrees. The 2018 vintage of Calafuria is a rose petal pink in color with intense aromas of pomegranate, peach and grapefruit on the nose. These fruit characters merge with floral notes of violet on the palate. Initially soft flavors fill the palate then finish with crisp acidity and an aromatic, persistent finish.
Rosé All Day the wine is a light-bodied, fruity and refreshing rosé available throughout the US. An elegant aromatic nose of red fruits and is crisp and fresh on the palate with a deliciously long, fruity finish. Perfect to enjoy with fish, chicken, prawns, sushi, Caesar salads and Mediterranean salads.Available in both bottles and cans, Rosé All Day Grenache is available in 750 ml bottles for approximately $12.99 and in a 4-pack of cans for $14.99.