Looking for that perfect bottle of wine to get you in the mood for Spring? Here are 7 wines to try this Spring and the dishes that pair perfectly with them.
Technically, I don’t need anything to get me in the mood for Spring – I’m definitely already there! But, the weather hasn’t yet been warm enough for sipping wine on the patio and the rain is still falling… So, I’m daydreaming about the warmer days to come and thinking of all the Spring wines that I can’t wait to pop the corks on first!
Here are the bottles that I’m crushing on right now and ideas for 7 Spring wine pairings to try this summer:
- L’Ecole 2015 Chenin Blanc – This fresh and vibrant Chenin Blanc is a steal at $14. Pink grapefruit and bright citrus flavors mingle with apple and a crisp minerality. Try pairing it with these Seared Scallops with Fennel & Blood Orange.
- Louis Jadot Rosé ($15) – This Rosé is an easy drinker that’s super food friendly. Take some over to a friend’s barbeque along with these Lemon Chicken Skewers with Harissa Yogurt Sauce.
- Lange Estate Pinot Gris Reserve ($28) – This wine has a smooth minerality to it and notes of melon, honeysuckle and tropical fruits. A bit of aging in neutral French oak lends some body to this wine and makes it perfect for pairing with these Grapefruit & Avocado Fish Tacos.
- Elizabeth Chambers 2016 Rosé of Pinot Noir ($28) – This dry Rosé of Pinot Noir has aromas of red berries, tropical fruits and watermelon, along with a balanced acidity. Try echoing thoat watermelon flavor by pairing this wine with Watermelon with Aleppo Pepper and Lime.
- Eola Hills Sparkling Chardonnay Methode Champenoise ($45) – Just because the holidays are over, doesn’t mean that you should skimp on the bubbles! This Brut style sparkling Chardonnay from Eola Hills finishes with a hint of citrus. Pair this one with Pea & Bacon Pasta for a real treat!
- Cline Family Cellars Pinot Gris ($15) This Pinot Gris has a great minerality, and clean finish. Because no oak is used in the aging process, the bright flavors really shine through. Match this wine’s citrus notes by pairing it with Seared Scallops with Sweet Pea, Lemon & Tarragon Risotto.
- Eclipse Oregon Pinot Noir ($20) – There will be a full eclipse this year on August 21st. Celebrate the occasion with this commemorative bottle from Eola Hills. Baking spices and red berries shine through in this bottle. Try pairing it with this Miso Roasted Chicken.
What are your favorite Spring wine pairings? I’d love to hear in the comments below!
Note: Some of these wines were received as media samples. As always, all opinions and photographs are my own.