March: the doorway to spring—the lovely time of year when flowers bloom, animals awake, and flip flops are prematurely worn.
Of course, that doorway seems to be frozen shut at the moment. Looks like we need to improvise.
You could plant daffodils indoors or don your favorite baseball team’s jersey, but I’m here to suggest making acquaintance with these spring wines. While these listed vinos could be enjoyed during any season, they are best representative of April showers, May flowers, and March uncorkings.
This varietal is the newest and hottest trend in wine, but did you know that the Muscat grape is considered the elder of its fruit? Moscato wine was thought to have been served in Greece nearly a millennium ago, and documentation from 1303 shows Piedmont as an early cultivator. You would never know that such a new and refreshing taste could have such a storied and long past. Moscato works well as an introductory wine for new drinkers as well as a staple in the experienced sommelier’s repertoire.
Springtime and Germany make an interesting pair for fans of The Producers, but we associate the young season and European nation with the best friend of Riesling. Gewürztraminer (pronounced gah-vurtz-tra-meener) will elicit the thought of rose on your palate. Expect a spicier taste than its cousin Riesling, but prepare yourself to enjoy the sweet taste of Germanic wein. No, that’s not a typo.
I understand that you spend plenty of time in the wine section while at the grocery store, but we all need other food to sustain ourselves. I’m just as disappointed that wine isn’t on the nutrition pyramid yet, but I’m also quite ecstatic that many vegetables and fruits will be back in season. Sauvignon Blanc offers such a broad taste that it pairs well with many spring foods, especially fresh vegetables. Whether you’re enjoying a spring picnic on the lawn or having grilled asparagus while listening to rain patter on the window pane, Sauvi should be by your side.
The fruit hasn’t fully blossomed on the trees, but a bottle Pinot Noir has an entire orchard bottled within. Though many stray from associating a red wine with a warming season, a light Pinot Noir is a stellar accompanist to the melodies of songbirds. Each sip will offer a fruit salad of raspberries, cherries, strawberries, blackberries, and many other delectable treats. Besides, what’s wrong with a little color variety with our varietals?
Each uncorking helps the sun grow brighter. Every pour melts the snow further. All sips bring forth the animals from their slumber and flowers from their buds. The aforementioned wines will help aid the transition from winter to spring, but it’s hard to go wrong with any bottle of wine for the season of growth.