Spring is here and with it come all the wonderful celebrations, festivals and holidays alike. At its core we love spring, because it’s when the fresh rosé gets released, refreshing cocktails abound and we get to thing about food and wine pairings with all the lovely spring bounty!
STARTER — Fonseca Bin No. 27 Port $$
Let’s start with PORT cocktails! Your mind went right to “but Port is heavy”. To that I say, pour 2-3 oz in a glass filled with ice, top with tonic (or club soda if you want it dry) and a hearty squeeze of lemon. And, see if you don’t crave this drink all summer long. Plus you can garnish it up with all sorts of goodies, like mint, orange slices and cherries. Think of it as an alternative to Sangria!
SALAD NICOISE – Sean Minor 4 bears Chardonnay $
A beautiful golden straw-colored Central California Coast Chardonnay with aromatic notes of apricot, apple, honeydew, and gentle notes of butter. Tropcial fruit notes pop with green apple flavors, but are kept in check with nice acidity. Green apple and pear flavors on the backend provide a refreshing lengthy finish.
SPRING ROLLS – Mud House Sauvignon Blanc $
On the first sip of this beautiful pale lemon-colored gem your front palate will be greeted with fresh melon, citrus, and grapefruit flavors. The crisp, grapefruit-like acidity allows for a long mouth watering finish. This pairs beautifully with fresh corriander, lime, crunchy vegetables, and Vietnamese seafood spring rolls.
PASTA with GREEN VEGGIES – Côté Mas Rosé $
Hailing from Languedoc-Roussillon, France this pale salmon colored rosé offers a complex nose with notes of cherry and strawberry transitioning to soft candied fruit. The palate is smooth yet rich with decadent notes of ripe red fruits and well-balanced acidity. This wine pairs perfectly with light dishes, spring salads, or on its own.
BEET SALAD – Chandon Sparkling Red $$
This sparkling red invigorates the palate with flavors of plum, black cherry, sweet cranberry with hints of cocoa, and beautiful bergamot orange and spice. The skin contact during the winemaking process allows for a full body and nicely rounded tannins.
PICNIC PARTY – Shania Monastrell Box Wine, 3liter $$
Sporting a mix of cassis and blueberry flavors, this wine has an intense deep red cherry color with fine tannins and bright acidity allowing for a long, savory finish, plus it’s in a box!
ROASTED PORK LOIN OR LEG OF LAMB – I Veroni Chianti Rufina $$
Thanks to its makeup, this medium-bodied, dry Italian Red is a great companian for traditional Tuscan red meat dishes, game and poultry dishes. Your nose will be greeted with red berries and ripe red fruit aromas.
GRILLED CHOPS OR VEGGIES – Acheval Ferrer Argentinian Malbec $$ mix of many different grapes from across Mendoza give this Argentinean Malbec its beautiful bright ruby red in color. Your nose and palate will be greeted with fresh and floral notes featuring blackberry, raspberry, and violets. Silky tannins and a noticeable minerality promote a lengthy finish.
EVERYTHING – Taittinger Brut La Francaise $$$ A Taittinger Brut La Française is made up of a blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier wines from at least 35 villages across France. What really makes this wine unique is its higher proportion of Chardonnay grape than other nonvintage champagnes and its extended aging process. These two additional steps give the wine a higher amount of elegance and allow it to reach its peak of aromatic maturity. This champagne is characterized by its delicate aromas of peach, white flowers, vanilla, and brioche notes on the nose and its fresh fruit and honey tones on the palate. Pairs well with seafood and white meat.
PATIO PARTY BUFFET—Palo Duro Canyon TX Sauv Blanc or Zinfandel $
Texas tried and true both of these wines pair beautifully with an array of spring fare. The Sauvignon Blanc is crisp and fresh and the Red Zinfandel is luscious and packed with lots of great fruit flavors.