The daffodils are blooming, the cherry blossoms are magnificent, and the tulips dot the flowerbeds with the first colors of the year. Even the farmer’s markets are beginning to open and our cravings for fresh crunchy flavors are kicking into high gear. With that our wine preferences shift so I bring you a bouquet of wines for spring. Each one reflective of the flowers popping up around us and the fresh flavors in our spring dishes.
Wines for Spring
I believe you can drink any wine you want any time of year. But there are certain styles I tend to crave with the season. Check out the suggestions I shared on KGW 4 o’clock news and keep reading for more detailed info.
Erath 2018 Oregon Rose of Pinot Noir
Rose is a great way to launch into the new season. What I love about this rose of Pinot Noir from Erath is how beautifully it goes with food. It is finally the time of year when a well made salad can be a meal. Think fresh greens with smoked salmon, goat cheese, and citrus or strawberries, herbed chicken, and candied walnuts. We paired with bagel and lox – that’s right if you think wine doesn’t go with breakfast, you are doing breakfast wrong. Elegantly scented with strawberry, melon, stone fruit and florals this rose is the perfect accompaniment to spring meals. You can find it just about anywhere fine wines are sold ~ $14
Maryhill Winery 2018 Otis Vineyard Proprietor’s Reserve Albarino
Fresh flowers, light melon, a little white peach and citrus, Maryhill Winery delivers the perfect wine for spring with this gorgeous Albarino. I can’t think of a better place to sip this Albarino than at Maryhill’s newest tasting room on the Vancouver USA water front – like on the patio, right on the shores of the Columbia River. Albarino ~$22 – sold where fine wines are sold.
Expect all of the music, menus, upcoming special events, and fabulous wines Maryhill is known to deliver.
- Saturday, April 13, 2019: Public Grand Opening Celebration, 11 a.m.–9 p.m., music by Sundae + Mr. Goessl, 4 p.m.–8 p.m.
- Sunday, April 14, 2019: Public Grand Opening Celebration, 11 a.m.–9 p.m., music by Jessie Marquez, 2 p.m.–5 p.m.
- Regular Hours 11 a – 9 p Daily
Borealis from Montinore Estate
This is pure springtime in a glass. Like a field of wildflowers and sweet grass with white peach and light pineapple – so very aromatic. A blend of some of the prettiest scented grapes – Muller Thurgau, Riesling, Gewurztraminer, and Pinot Gris. Borealis is named for these “Northern Whites” classic to Alsace. (Get it? Like “Northern Lights”) Full bodied and lush, yet crisp, with a hint of sweetness. It is perfect for sipping on a springtime evening and goes great with food. We had it with spicy Indian and it was perfect. Plus it is organic. Available in many states where fine wines are sold ~$16