10 Wines to Celebrate Spring

Bud BreakWinter seems to be giving way to spring, finally! When buds are breaking on the trees, tulips are blooming and heavy foods give way to lighter fare, I find myself craving wines that are equally as light.

2012 Herdade do Esporao Verdelho WhiteWhether you’re making grilled fish, seared scallops or pasta with a light sauce and sautéed chicken, the following 10 springtime wines will pair beautifully with any of them.

  • 2011 Herdade do Esporao Monte Velho White – fruity, ripe citrus aromas and ripe apricot and Meyer lemon flavors. $10 (Alentejo, Portugal).
  • Pfaffl Austrian Pepper The Dot – citrusy and grassy aromas and fruity flavors. $11 (Weinviertel, Austria).
  • 2010 Brancott Sauvignon Blanc – super aromas of grapefruit and fruity, zippy flavors. $12 (Marlborough, New Zealand).
  • 2011 Steelhead Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc – tropical fruit aromas, lemony fresh flavors with great acidity. $12 (North Coast, CA, USA).
  • 2009 Trimbach Pinot Blanc – very floral aromas and flavors of peach and ripe lemons. $16 (Alsace, France).
  • 2011 Kellerei Kaltern Caldaro Pinot Bianco Weissburgunder – Asian pear aromas with apple and Meyer lemon flavors. $17 (Alto Aldige, Italy).
  • 2010 Albert Mann Crémant d’Alsace – super bubbly with pear aromas and crisp apple flavors. $20 (Alsace, France).
  • 2010 Lucien Albrecht Riesling Réserve – apple aromas with juicy pear flavors. $20 (Alsace, France).
  • 2011 Heritance Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley – citrusy aromas with tropical fruit flavors. $24 (Napa Valley, CA, USA).
  • 2011 Zuani Vigne Collio Bianco – fruity, wet stone aromas with rich peach flavors. $24 (Fiuli, Italy).

Here are a few of our favorite New Jersey wine shops selling some of these springtime wines:

Veronique DebloisFood & Wine Chickie: Veronique is a food and wine writer based in Morris County, NJ. As the author of the popular blog, Food & Wine Chickie Insider, Veronique shares recipes, wine and restaurant reviews and insight into the travel industry of which she’s a 15-year veteran. Follow Veronique on Twitter or like her Facebook page.