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Best Wines to Drink in Spring
Ah, spring. After a long winter of hearty stews and heartier reds, it’s always a pleasure to start looking inside the fridge for your wine, rather than above it. So, what are the best wines to drink in spring? Not always an easy question as the weather often changes, and often very quickly (especially if you are fortunate enough to enjoy the UK’s capricious climate). That means you need a selection of wines for rain and sunshine, warmth and cold. To that end here are 6 of the best spring wines that should see you safe and sound into the summer.
First up is Castello di Romitorio’s Rosso di Montalcino, a stand-out baby Brunello that is just as stunning as its Tuscan origins. Made from 100% Sangiovese, this Rosso exudes vibrance and freshness under the expert wing of Sandro Chia. Although it has a great bite and boldness, there is still a certain amount of lightness meaning it more than rises to the challenge of spring weather and makes a top pairing for everything from a rich ragu or wild boar stew to a lighter tagliatelle.
From the Mâcon in south Burgundy, this Pouilly Fuisse bears the stamp of mother-sister duo Nadine Ferrand and is a beautiful, rich and ripe expression of Chardonnay. Notes of green apple and pear, steely acidity and a strong mineral backbone combine in a wine that is aptly positioned to take full responsibility for your whites during Easter lunch. It’s very refreshing too, ideally suited for canapes and aperitifs.
Next on our list of top spring wines is the Lavradores de Feitoria Douro Branco, a mouth-watering white from the Douro valley in Portugal. While the region is much more famous for Port than for its whites, this unusual blend of Gouveio, Macabeo and Malvasia Fina (and a few other tongue-twisters) offers staggering value and is perfect for when the weather warms up in spring. A classic Douro white with zesty aromatics and a freshness that pairs up perfectly with salads and seafood.
There is no wine more suited to spring than rosé. Veneto estate Dal Bello are better known for their award-winning Proseccos but this one-of-a-kind pink fizz is something you really just have to try (at £13.90 a bottle no less!). From Cabernet (30%), Malbec (20%) and Merlot (30%) plus selected local red varieties from the Asolani Hills, it’s light, delicate and quite sweet – a perfect accompaniment for chocolate, aperitifs or canapes outdoors with the barbecue.
On the reds front there’s no better time of year to enjoy a light and floral Pinot Noir than spring and what better négociant than Albert Bichot. One of the biggest names in Burgundy, Albert makes legendary wines across the board, from the entry level right up to the top and most prestigious grand crus. The Secret de Famille Bourgogne is a truly lovely Pinot, bursting with plush fruit and floral notes. It’s very quaffable too and goes down a treat with everything from fish and chicken to a simple salad.
As we all know the weather can turn very quickly in spring and you might need something with a little more oomph to go with your roast. Moving into the Rhone, this Saint Joseph red wine from emerging talent Lionel Faury is 100% Syrah and packs a big and spicy punch. Perfect with your Easter lamb or outdoors with a barbecue, it carries all the signature flavours of northern Rhone, with peppery, spicy and herbal notes that leave a long-lasting impression on the palate.
Published on: March 18, 2020