Spring is right around the corner, and with the change in seasons comes the change in wine! Now, I’m not here to tell you what to drink. To all of my fellow winos, I say drink whatever you want, whenever you want to. However, there are certain wines that go better with the weather and with the seasonal events of that time of the year. Today, I am sharing a list of the top 5 best wines for spring!
You change your diet, your clothing, and your activities with the season, so why shouldn’t you change your wine? It is no coincidence that the wines of fall and winter tend to be more geared towards the heavy flavors, the rich, dry notes, and red wines. Where as the spring and summer months are focused on bright, light, and fresh wines, sometimes with a hint of sweetness. This can be mostly found in white wines, but don’t rule out red wines completely this spring.
5 Best Wines for Spring
- Prosecco: To me, a sweet and light, bubbly Prosecco screams spring! It isn’t as heavy as a typical champagne, but it is flavorful enough to use in celebrations (spring is bridal shower season:)). Prosecco makes a wonderful cocktail when combined with fresh fruits of spring, like berries, peaches, etc… This would pair perfectly with a meat and cheese plate featuring cheese like gouda and brie, as well as prosciutto and salami.
- Rosé: For something a little less sweet, but still bubbly, try a light version of Rosé for the spring. These don’t offer quite as much sweetness as Prosecco, but they do still bring on the lightness of spring with the light pink color and the fragrant nose. I would say that this is more of a spring evening beverage. Try this Grand Cadeau Rosé for a great option! This would pair well with a nice spring salad full of mixed greens.
- Sauvignon Blanc: If anything was a typical “spring wine”, a bright and citrus filled Sauvignon Blanc would be it. This white wine provides delightful flavors of lemon and other citrus notes that are typical of a Sauvignon Blanc. It gives a refreshing flavor to your glass, without being too sweet or too dry as the weather is warming up. I love the Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc. A great pairing for this wine would be a light fish dish with a light herb and citrus sauce.
- Young Pinot Noir: While some Pinot Noir wines can be a little bit on the heavier and richer side, an early Pinot Noir is the perfect companion to a spring day. Imagine being cozied up next to the window, watching the April showers come down in preparation for May blooms. A Pinot Noir full of bright raspberry notes would be heavenly in that moment. Try the Ken Wright Cellars Pinot Noir or the Blue Fin Pinot Noir that can be found at Trader Joes. A good pairing for this with a grilled chicken dish garlic and lime chicken.
- Pinot Grigio: If it is near the end of spring, and you want to begin to get into the sweeter wines of summer, try a chilled glass of Pinot Grigio. While not as sweet as a Riesling or a Moscato, wines that you typically find on a hot summer day, a Pinot Grigio might bring some fresh, crisp notes of apple and pair to your Easter dinner or spring barbecue. One of my favorites is the Green Fin Pinot Grigio or the Little Black Dress Pinot Grigio for some inexpensive options. Pair this with a crisp apple and fig bruschetta or a fresh salad.
What are your favorite wines for the spring season? Would you add any to this list of the best wines for spring? Subscribe below to get notified of more wine reviews and pairings for spring!
*Cheers to the changing of the season, and the changing of the wine in our glass*