Searching for a great Spring wine? Sommelier Emily Walker shares her top picks.
1. Ernest Preiss, Riesling, Alsace, France – $19.99 at any BCL
The German-influenced French favorite
When it comes to the style of Alsace Riesling, forget what you know of their German neighbours from across the Rhine River. While Germany is known for its off-dry and sweet styles, Alsace table wines are traditionally vinified dry. With aromatic aromas of apricot and white peach, the wine is refreshing with zesty acidity and flavours of lemon, ginger and wet stone. Pair this beauty with white fish, spring salads and fresh, creamy pastas.
2. Bartier Schofield, Rosé, Okanagan, BC – ~$20 at private BC wine stores
Strawberries in a glass
Rosé should not require a warm summer day for its consumption, however there is something about that first smell of cherry blossoms in the air that increases our temptation to splash a little pink into our wine glass. This dry rosé, made from Gamay grapes, is bursting with aromas of field strawberries and cherries – restrained elegance and brilliant acidity will hit your palate. It’s also ultra food-friendly. Pair it with anything from shellfish, pork tenderloin, spicy Mexican cuisine or Provençal spiced olives.
3. Ricossa, Barbera d’Asti, Piedmont, Italy – $15.99 at any BCL
The friendly Italian red
I love the Barbera grape for its versatility. This medium-bodied Italian red is friendly and approachable on its own, but also makes an excellent pairing partner for a variety of dishes, like barbecued salmon steaks, light pastas, grilled meats and Italian cheeses. The wine boasts vibrant aromas of cherry and raspberry with ample juicy red fruit flavours on the palate. Its balanced acidity, soft tannins and undertones of cocoa, spice and earth make this wine a real steal for $15.99. It’s a great red to have on hand for any spring occasion.
This post was written by @HintsofHawthorn – tweet at Sommelier Emily Walker with all your wine-related questions