Spring is the season for growth, renewal, love, and wine! Classier than beer and not as extra as a cocktail, wine is in. You need to know what to drink, where to drink it, and when. Here are five spring wines that you need to indulge in, and how best to enjoy them.
- Sauvignon Blanc:
Perhaps the most popular white wine in North America, Sauvignon Blanc grapes originated in Bordeaux, France. Sauvignon Blanc is often bright and fruity, so it is best paired with chicken and seafood dishes, or just a simple glass or two on their own. Sauvie makes a great wine to catch up with girlfriends at happy hour, or to indulge in midday. It’s best enjoyed in a stemless glass so big Patsy Stone would be jealous.
The tried and true champion: Chardonnay. Chardie ranks second on our list only because it is so basic. Everyone turns to Chard for full-bodied, slightly dry, slightly oak Chardonnay as a good all-around white wine. With spring in full swing, Chardonnay is a great wine to indulge in at dinner time. The best thing about Chardonnay? Its finish guarantees you can eat nearly anything with it, from red meat to dairy. A stemmed dinner wine glass is the proper way to do Chardonnay.
- Pinot Noir:
The dark horse of the bunch, Pinot Noir is a light and easy red full of nutty flavor without the acidic finish. A great springtime wine because of its light taste and smoothness, Pinot Noir reigns supreme as the hottest red wine of 2017. It is complex, while fruity, earthy with richness to it. Pinot has warmth best enjoyed at night while you’re still lighting a fire in the fireplace to keep warm. Best as an anytime red wine, in a cup, mug, glass, or chalice.
- Pinot Grigio:
The other pinot has actually three main varieties and each are reflected from the region they come from. Pinot Grigio is the second most popular white wine in America, most likely due to its refreshingly acidic finish with hints of limes, lemons, and honeysuckle. Perfect for midday and the impending warm days ahead, Pinot Grigio is a dry white wine served best by itself or with chicken and other white meats.
Forget the champagne, baby! The new rage is all about the Italian alternative to sparkling wine: Prosecco. Often the cheaper alternative to its French counterpart, Prosecco is often lighter and less acidic. Prosecco is sweet with a hollow finish, perfect for cheering for a friend or family member’s achievements or celebrating simply being alive, Prosecco can be bubbly or not, depending on whatever occasion you’re celebrating. Served in a fluted glass by itself, a glass of Prosecco is a great way to celebrate an amazing day.
These are our top picks of the best spring wines of 2017. What spring wines do you love to indulge in?