Whilst we’re not quite there yet, the signs of spring are starting to show – a few flowers pushing up and starting to appear, the odd unseasonably warm day and the days finally lasting a bit longer. It is a great time to consider the wines to drink with the new season and even start stocking up.
With quality that seems to consistently improve and a huge variety, Sauvignon Blanc is a dependable favourite. Why not try the New World varietals and compare to white Bordeaux and other blends? These wines should be served chilled and work well with goat’s cheese, asparagus and seafood.
After earning a poor reputation with cheap, bland versions, there has been a definite improvement in the affordable but elegant white wine. This mineral-tasting white pairs beautifully with antipasti, light risottos and tomato-based pasta sauces.
This can be a divisive grape – some love Riesling and others hate it, but slightly lower alcohol levels and crisp, fresh flavours in the dry varieties make it perfect for springtime drinking. It works with smoked fish, salads and South-East Asian cuisine. Drier Rieslings benefit from not being overly chilled, and if you are drinking in a restaurant, the commercial wine coolers, such as those available from https://www.fridgefreezerdirect.co.uk/commercial-wine-coolers, will ensure the temperature is perfect.
The ubiquitous sparkling wine has seen an explosion in popularity over the last few years but for good reason. This soft, rounded wine is a wonderful aperitif in the spring and mixes well with fresh summer fruits, as exemplified in a Bellini, the classic summer cocktail.
The lighter rosé styles of Provence or from the Rioja and Navarra regions of Spain are perfect for spring and summer with their lower alcohol levels and summery flavours. As discussed in The Telegraph, they match well with food like salad Niçoise, grilled tuna, seafood and mezze.
Young Pinot Noir
Some of the younger New World pinots such as those from New Zealand, Chile and California can bring the bright pop of intense raspberry fruitiness perfect for the start of warmer weather. This wine can be served lightly chilled and goes well with food like duck breast, salads and seared salmon.
It’s the perfect time to start buying the right wine to welcome spring and summer.