Spring is here, and that means we want something refreshing to pair with light fare. Challenge your palate during this Spring 2021 and try White and Rosé wines from different regions! You don’t need to break the bank while doing trying great wines. These 8 wines that you need to try this spring are available for less than $40 bucks. All of them are most widely available in the US. Just pay attention to the vintage, as some wine or liquor stores don’t yet have the 2020 vintage available. However, I included some links where you can get them online.
Mirabella Franciacorta Brut DOCG NV ( 750ml/ $35.99)
How easy will be for me to recommend you a Prosecco? This time I pushed myself to recommend you another great Italian Sparkling Wine: Franciacorta. I found this Mirabella at a Liquor store in Union Square Manhattan and I loved it. Chardonnay 70%, Pinot Bianco 30% . This Franciacorta has so much body but at the same time is very refreshing. I will recommend to pair fish-and even meat or mushroom-based appetizers.
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Domaine Houchart Cotes de Provence Rose 2020 (750 ml- $19.99)
Had the pleasure to get to know -virtually- Florence Quiot from Domaine Houchart and I loved their CDP wines. This Houchart Rosé Blend with Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault and Cabernet Sauvignon is becoming a classic Provencal that you have to try if you want to be a connoisseur of the region. Houchart Rosé 2020 has a wonderful medium pink orange (aka salmon) color which highlights the aroma and palate which are bursting with flavors of red fruits such as berries and strawberries. Hints of citrus and a very lively mouth feel. Serve as an aperitif, with salads or with savory tarts.
Côté Mas Aurore Rosé Pays d’Oc IGP 2020 (750ml/$13.99):
If you are into Rosé the other French region that you have to know is Languedoc. Côté Mas Aurore Rosé Pays d’Oc IGP 2020 is from Languedoc. The vineyards of Côté Mas are situated along the southern coast of France, allowing the warmth of the Mediterranean climate in combination with breezes off the Atlantic ocean to create wines of absolute beauty and grace. Côté Mas Aurore Rosé captures the essence of the region’s charm, offering a rich and smooth palate full of fresh red fruits.
Portillo Rosé 2020 (750ml/$10.99):
Let’s explore Rosé from other parts of the world! What about an Argentinian Rosé? Portillo Rosé 2020 puts forward a broad spectrum of fruity aromas in an alliance with well-balanced acidity, all reminiscent of the fresh, Spring air. Located on a high plateau in the Uco Valley of Argentina is Portillo, a winery committed to producing wines of superb quality for everyday enjoyment. The estate greatly values harmony with nature, and the wines are designed to express and respect the beauty of their birthplace.
Los Vascos Rosé 2020 (750ml/$11.99):
Now that we are tasting Rosé from Latin America let’s try a Chilean Rosé. Los Vascos Rosé 2020 is a a blend of Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Mourvèdre. This Rosé has character. Very pink color on the eyes but offer aromas of red stone fruits such as strawberries, raspberries, cherries and pomegranates underscored by white chocolate or cream. The palate is fresh, balanced and persistent. Los Vascos Rosé 2020 is intensely fresh yet creamy wine perfect to uncork and serve alongside barbecue favorites.
Malene Rosé 2020 San Luis Obispo, CA
This Spring 2021 we have to support our local wineries and yes give it a chance to the American Rosé. This Provence style Rosé is a great introduction to American Rosé. With aromas of red stone fruit, berries and white flowers you are going to love the tasting notes of watermelon, strawberries and stone fruit. Light to medium acidity. This American Rosé is sustainable produced at it’s SIP (Sustainability in Practice)-Certified winery and honestly delicious.
Planeta Sicilia Bianco 2018 (750 ml / $13.99)
What type of Italian Wine Scholar will I be if I will not recommend you something from Sicily! This young fresh wine principally produced from the autochthonous grape Grecanico which provides the personality and style with the addition of Chardonnay, Fiano an Viognier. All grapes are knowledgeably cultivated in the vineyards owned by Planeta. ‘La Segreta’ takes its name from the woods which surround our vineyard at Ulmo. It is the perfect approach to Sicilian wine, with its excellent relationship between quality and price, guaranteed by the Planeta family’s patient input, from vine to wine. I recommend you to have this with my Lobster recipe.
Velenosi Vini – Verdicchio Castelli di Jesi DOC Classico 2019 (750 ml / $19.99)
Verdicchio is another autochthonous grape that you have to try this Spring. Verdicchio is the grape per excellence from La Marche Italy. Querciantica Verdicchio has a medium lemon color with hints of green on the eyes . The nose shows floral notes of green fruit , such as apple and stone fruit with hints of fresh – cut grass . On the palate it is fresh , and confirms the fruity and floral notes perceived on the nose. Medium acidity yet very easy to drink and pair with seafood mezze and has good texture and a medium finish. Pair this with creamy seafood pasta.