With the dawn of spring here, Easter just around the corner, and my body finally adjusting to Daylight Savings Time… it’s time for rise and shine wines! Not necessarily wake up, roll out of bed and hit the bottle wines, but wines to waken the palate; wines with freshness to whet the appetite; welcome the spring; and celebrate wine and food. Both whites and reds are appropriate in my opinion and here a few options that I enjoy.
Villa Conchi Cava Brut – a traditional method sparkling wine from Spain with beautiful fresh bubble, crisp acidity and delicate floral citrus and appley notes. Great as an aperitif, or potentially breakfast wine, and believe it or not… a good match for potato chips!
See Ya Later Ranch “Belle” Viognier – the latest addition to the SYL stable. This BC Viognier has a great balance between freshness, acidity, and ripe citrus and orchard fruit notes. Mouth-watering on its own or a perfect match to herb pasta or fresh Halibut.
Andeluna Malbec – High altitude vineyards give this medium-full bodied Argentine red inviting aromatics of blueberry, red currant and a hint of subtle spice. Juicy acidity and smooth tannins round out the palate and make it an ideal partner for your favourite grilled meat.
El Chaparral Garnacha – A robust, and richly flavoured red from the Navarra region of Spain. Deeply coloured and loaded with aromas and flavours of jammy berry fruit, toasty baking spice, sweet leathery hints and herbs. A fantastic match for short ribs or Easter spring lamb.