The time change always has me so confused. The days get longer, the nights shorter. It is always such an adjustment. But the nice thing is that the winter season is behind us (fingers crossed), and now is the time to enjoy fresh, lively wines perfect for pairing with spring dishes. Consider each one of these to pair with seasonal flavors, like baby vegetables and greens, light pasta, and fresh seafood. Cheers to spring.
The northwestern region of Friuli Venezia Giulia, Italy, showcases some of the world’s finest, cool-climate white wines. Grapes have been grown in the area for hundreds of years, with Count Douglas Attems creating the Collio Wine Consortium in 1964. Since 2000 the Frescobaldi family has been crafting luscious white wines from their estate near Gorizia to produce the wines of Attems. Here hillside vineyards are protected from chilling winds, allowing grapes to fully ripen while maintaining high acidity and freshness. Attems Sauvignon Blanc delivers on the freshness with a lively, zesty palate of citrus and sunshine, with floral and slightly herbal aromas melding with crushed stone minerality.
Trellised along terraces in Austria’s Wachau region, Domane Wachau crafts a lively, expressive Riesling from the single vineyard Bruck estate. The area is exceptionally cool, with vines from the Wachau River planted in difficult-to-farm, steeply elevated rows. With a long growing season enjoying warm days, cool nights, and just the right amount of rain, the hand-harvested fruit in Domane Wachau Riesling Federspiel ried Bruck is the perfect combination of zesty acidity and restrained elegance. With layers of peach, nectarine, and pear, with slight graphite smokiness and floral undertone, the wine is aromatic, expressive, beautifully balanced, and lean, with that hit of acidity on the finish that we love.
From Australia’s Margaret River region, in the southwestern corner of the country, Xanadu has been crafting expressive wines that tell the story of the land since the late 1970s, when Dr. John Lagan and his wife, Eithne, planted their first vines in the then emerging region. Today, Xanadu is one of the region’s most loved wineries, producing a range of wines and styles that the maritime climate of Margaret River affords. Xanadu Circa 77 Chardonnay was a nod to the history of the winery when the first vines were planted by the Lagans. Luscious and ripe, the wine layers ripe golden grapefruit, bosc pear, and apricot flavors with subtle hints of spice. Easy drinking and nicely balanced, this is a great option to enjoy any night of the week.
From the Biltmore Estate Winery, Vanderbilt Reserve Virginia Viognier showcases the quality of fruit being produced today in one of the oldest wine regions in the country. Vines have been planted in Virginia since our country’s founding, with today’s growers utilizing modern techniques in historic areas to grow delicious fruit. This is evident in the selection from Biltmore Estate. With aromas of white peaches, fruit cocktail, and apricot, the Rhone variety white shines with a juicy fruit-forward appeal and a well-rounded, balanced flavor that invites you to enjoy another sip again and again.
Sipping one of the high-quality selections from Calera Vineyard is always a treat. Calera Chardonnay is fresh, vibrant, and luscious from select vineyards throughout California’s Central Coast. Aromatic and inviting, the wine opens with notes of new wisteria, honeysuckle, and peach blossom, followed by an inviting palate that is bright and clean with notes of tree fruit, lemon cream pie, and blanched almond. Aged for 10 months in French oak, of which a touch is new, giving a lovely texture to the wine, along with a bit of creaminess.