The milder spring weather is just begging you to put away those deep and full-bodied flavors in favor of something lighter, zipper, and more fruit-forward. You don’t have to completely change your wine preferences to accommodate the arrival of the season either, as there are all sorts of reds, whites, and sparkling options that are sure to suit your sensibilities. Consider ordering some of the below bottles from your favorite online retailer for wine on hand you’ll be itching to crack open at your next outdoor barbeque, or the next time you have friends over for patio drinks.
For lovers of red wine, and particularly those that enjoy medium-bodied options like Pinot Noir, the Cote de Brouilly by Stephane Aviron is a must try. This 2014 vintage from Beaujolais France is made exclusively from Gamay grapes, giving the bottle a gentle fruity aroma. This vibrant ruby-red offers mineral, cherry and black raspberry scents with just a hint of orange. On the palate it is juicy with dark berry and bitter cherry flavors, finishing long and sweet. At a respectable 90 points, you can’t go wrong with this delicious selection at your next event, and you can have it delivered right to your door in 1-4 business days when you order today from one of many wine delivery services available in and around the Greater Toronto Area.
If your sipping choice is a white wine, increase the acidity to add freshness this season with the Riesling Niagara Peninsula VQA by Cave Spring Cellars, vintage 2015. The experience begins with scents of delicate flowers, cantaloupe, and stone with a dash of black licorice and herbs. This is a medium-dry Riesling, so drinkers will admire the taste of grapefruit and orange, finishing boldly with citrus and spice. Those who appreciate a level of complexity in their white wines will adore this 92-point bottle.
Finally, rose wine is a quintessential choice for springtime, but why not get a little more adventurous with it? The Biutiful Cava Brut Rose by Isaac Fernandez Selection from the Utiel-Requena region in Spain is a daring sparkling wine made from 100% Garnacha grapes; making the selection fruity and spicy but soft on the palate. This cava is a brilliant pink, offering powerful red berry and tangerine aromas accompanied by a bit of a floral note. In the mouth it is silky, accented by juicy raspberry and blood orange flavors made more complex by a slight smoke. The finish is sappy and almost candy-like giving it both a robust but youthful quality. Not only is it priced affordably, it’s a 90-point bottle designed to impress.
There’s no better way to greet a new season than by cracking open a bottle of wine perfectly suited for a mild, fragrant evening still bursting with daylight. With so many excellent bottles to choose from at reasonable prices, add something a bit sweeter, zestier and livelier to your cellar these coming months and allow it to inspire you, and to wake you up from your sleepy winter cocoon.