Selecting Wines for Spring
There is always a certain amount of excitement with the arrival of Spring. With the onset of longer days and warmer temperatures, winter begins slowly begins to be a distant memory as flowers start to bloom, brightening things up and heralding the arrival of the warm and sunny days to come.
Seasons change and so should the wines that we drink. What better way to celebrate the arrival of spring than with a perfect wine?
The best way to choose a wine for Spring?
Spring is the transition from cold to warmer weather the forecast is variable and very unpredictable changing day to day or even throughout the course of one day.
A hot sunny day that will find you outdoors in a t-shirt firing up the BBQ may be followed by a chilly frosty morning giving the impression that winter has suddenly returned without warning. It is a fun and exciting time; your wine choices should correspond to unpredictable weather conditions.
A heavy winter red would not be suitable for a hot summer day, the same is true for a lighter Sauvignon Blanc on a cold winter's day. Check the temperature before choosing what wine to drink.
Springtime wines should neither be too heavy nor too light and it is wise to select wines that are versatile.
Wines with excellent texture, freshness, brightness, balanced fruit, and acidity are perfect for springtime.
A well-textured medium-bodied fresh wine is perfect when fending off the lingering winter chill and will make you think of the warmer days leading up to summer.
As the temperature rises, your food choices usually become lighter in taste and texture - salads, spring vegetables, seafood, poultry dishes, and of course, anything that you can cook on the BBQ (weather permitting).
Young white wines that are light, high in acidity, refreshing, and crisp pair well with springtime dishes.
If you prefer rosé or red wines then choose ones that are light to medium-bodied with good balance, and low tannins, with a fresh vibrancy about them. Red wines can be slightly chilled to ensure that they are served at the correct temperature on warmer days.
We have put together a list of different wines from around the world that will help herald the arrival of Spring and delight your palate, and are suitable with or without food.
Popular Spring wines from around the world
Texas Wines for Springtime Sipping
Look no further than your local Texas winemaker for the perfect bottle of wine to compliment your springtime celebrations. With close to five hundred wineries throughout the state, there is an array of wine styles available.
There has been a noticeable increase in the quality of white wines being produced in Texas. Most wineries have a Rhone White in their portfolio- as a single variety or a variation of blends using Viognier, Roussanne, and Marsanne.
More focus has been put into the production of excellent light to medium bodied whites that are made from Vermentino, Albariño, and Picpoul Blanc grapes- varieties accustomed to the warm Mediterranean climate and thrive in the Texas heat.
Lewis Wines is not the only producer making exciting examples of the Albariño grape made famous in Rias Baixas, Spain. This is a white grape to be on the lookout for in Texas.
Equally, there are some fine lighter red wines that are made from Sangiovese, Tempranillo, Cinsault, and Carignan. Many of these grapes are also found in top rated Texas Rosé- Merideth Reed and her 2021 Lavaca Bluffs Reserve Cinsault Rosé being a fine example.
Learning what wines correspond to what season is as fun as drinking them. The best rule of thumb is to choose a wine that corresponds to the weather conditions/temperature of the daily forecast.
Hotter days call for lighter wines and chilly days are best enjoyed with something more robust in your glass.
As the weather is variable during the spring, it is a good idea to have a selection of different wines on hand in your collection to avoid disappointment should the weather conditions cause a sudden change to your plans and menu choices.