Top 10 Wines for Spring

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Put away those winter blues and start thinking about all things spring: blossoming flowers, gentle breezes, warmer days and of course, refreshing, sun-kissed wines! Spring officially buzzes to life on March 20th, so now is the perfect time to rejuvenate your cellar with springtime selections. In celebration of the upcoming season, we’ve put together a list of our favorite light, bright and fragrant spring wines.

 

#1  Fleur Bleu 2015 Columbia Valley, Washington State Riesling

With a pale robe and a refreshing, complex nose of lemon, lime and apple, this Riesling is a shining example of the “Sur Lies” method.  Serve it ice-cold with a light supper of grilled chicken, a quick stir-fry or Grilled Chipotle Maple Salmon with Wilted Spinach.

 

#2  Moderna 2014 California Artist’s Red Blend

This red blend will appeal to sweet wine lovers. With candy-like characters of ripe red fruit combined with lightly toasted oak, it pairs well with ravioli, pizza or burgers. Try it with Pizza Turkey Burgers, an easy weeknight dinner idea.

 

#3  Lumière de Vie 2016 California Sauvignon Blanc

Nothing says spring quite like a crisp, clean and classic Sauvignon Blanc. This Lodi Sauv Blanc features intense aromas of grapefruit, bergamot and orange blossoms. It was recently awarded a Silver Medal at the 2017 International East Meets West Wine Challenge. A light dish like Seared Scallops with Red Grapefruit Avocado Salad makes for a wonderful pairing.

 

#4  le Cadeau California Rosé Sparkling Wine

A glass of Sparkling Rosé is perfect for brunch or a lunch date with friends, or with your favorite appetizers or desserts in the evening. This stunner features raspberry, watermelon and white flower fragrances. It has a dry, round and pleasant attack with effervescent bubbles. Spiced Chocolate Macaroons, strawberry cheesecake, canapés or shrimp cocktail make perfect pairings. 

 

#5  Moderna 2014 California Chardonnay

This Chardonnay is smooth with a strong mouthfeel. A touch of citrus and spice combined with light toast, brown sugar and vanilla aromatics make this wine perfect for cheese pairing. Try it with cheeses such as Provolone, Gorgonzola or Brie, or pair it with a sweet and savory dish like Island Woodfire Shrimp with Bacon-Wrapped Pineapple.

 

#6  Fleur Bleu 2016 Lodi, California Chenin Blanc

Spicy with white pepper tones, this Chenin Blanc offers a zingy attack that awakens the palate. Lychee and lemon flavors dominate. Try it with a roasted chicken, savory pastries or this 5-ingredient recipe for White Chicken Chili

 

#7  Broadmoore Estates California White Trails

Looking for a spring picnic wine? Look no further! This soft, well-balanced, off-dry white blend of 84% White Riesling and 16% Muscat of Alexandria is pleasant and super easygoing. Pair it with spicy Asian or Mexican dishes such as Easy Cheesy Vegetable Quesadillas.

 

#8  Moderna 2015 California Artist’s White Blend

This is a medium-bodied sweet blend of 80% Muscat of Alexandria and 40% Symphony. Flavors of pineapple, apple cider and spiced pear make it perfect with a variety of spring dishes, including desserts like Apple Dumplings, seafood or a cheese platter.

 

#9  Broadmoore Estates California Red Trails

This sweet red blend is best served cold. This wine is ideal in a refreshing spring sangria, a wine cocktail or to enjoy all by itself. Rich blackberry, cherry and blueberry spring forward on the palate. Try it with meatloaf, chocolate desserts or this recipe for Honey Pineapple Chicken Stir-Fry

 

#10  Lumière de Vie 2016 California Réflexion

What is spring without a sun-kissed glass of Rosé? Think pink this season and stock your cellar with this fan-favorite. The Réflexion is 100% White Zinfandel with candy-like characters reminiscent of a fruit smoothie. Watermelon, ruby red grapefruit and strawberry sorbet tickle the taste buds. Try it with this recipe for Asian Vegetables and Noodles with Peanut Sauce, with salads, spicy foods or even dessert!