As the seasons change so does our palate, with a desire to drink lighter, fresher, easier wines that can be enjoyed from early in the day to late into the night. I am a big white wine and rosé fan, enjoying them all year, especially as we move into warmer temperatures. If you are looking for a refreshing white to pair with your springtime and summer fare, try one of these. They will not disappoint.
Müller-Thurgau is traditionally thought to be a wine of Germany, but the region of Alto Adige proves that their cool Northwestern Italian climate and high elevations elevate the variety, producing elegant, rich and refined white wines and light, refreshing reds. Abbizia di Novacella, one of my favorite from the region, produces a honey, white lily and lilac, orchard and stone fruit filled Müller-Thurgau, that balances freshness and bright acidity, with richness and spice, for a perfect wine to sip with roasted chicken or light pastas. $20 at Wine Poste.
The family of Louis Michel & Fils Chablis has been making wine since the early 1800’s, establishing the winery in the 1850’s. The classic purity of this refreshing Chablis, with the delicate scent of green apples, flowers, orchard fruit with crushed stone minerality, speaks to the history and care put into each and every bottle produced by the winery. Though very light there is an impressive amount of complexity and a well rounded palate. Very balanced with fresh and lively acidity giving the wine richness without weighing it down. $30, available at PK’s.
I am often asked what Texas wines I would suggest for wine lovers to enjoy and one of my favorites comes from Duchman Family Winery for their sunshine filled Vermentino. From grapes grown in the Texas High Plains, the food friendly wine is filled with layers of aromatic wild flowers, lemon and lime zest, golden apple and pear. For a refreshing white, this one will please anyone, showing how far Texas wines have progressed. $15 available at Spec’s.
A wine that truly adapts to its surroundings is Sauvignon Blanc, with its zippy, punchy characteristics coming out in the wines from New Zealand, highlighting gooseberry, grapefruit and juicy lemon characteristics. Makara Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough delivers on this style with a wine filled with ripe grapefruit, tropical lychee and passion fruit, and lemon zest, filling the palate of the mouth-watering wine. Though the wine has a high acidity, it remains balanced with a hint of wild honey to round out the palate. $14 at World Market.
Chateau de Berne Impatience Rosé, Provence – Travel in your mind to the south of France where the air smells like lavender, rosemary and thyme, melding with the brininess of the sea and fresh floral notes melding with valleys of vines. Dry Rose is the wine of Provence, with 80% of the barely pink/salmon colored wine sold directly out of local tasting rooms to locals and tourists visiting places like St. Tropez and Nice. The stunning Chateau de Berne, which also houses guest quarters and a restaurant, makes several different rose, red and whites wines from their vineyards in Lorgues, France, about 50 minutes from the Mediterranean Sea. Impatience Rosé Blend of Grenach, Cinsault and Syrah is quite fresh, and filled with wild flowers, fresh herbs, raspberry & strawberry. Very dry (not sweet), crushed stone minerality, red berry and great acidity. $20, available at Central Market and Spec’s.
Two of our favorite people in the world, Mac and Lil McDonald, also make some stellar wine, and joyfully their rosé is always a spot on hit. Vision Cellars Rosé of Pinot Noir from Sonoma County. Watermelon, ruby red grapefruit and wild strawberry meld together in this light, balanced and perfectly delicious wine that begs to be enjoyed with shellfish, like fresh crab or shrimp. $32 via their website, with the next vintage releasing in just about now. And get it quick as it will not last long!