Whether it is a walk in the countryside, a picnic, or a BBQ on a terrace, we all welcome that dose of Vitamin D with great pleasure.
As our lifestyle changes, so do our wines. The warmer weather and lighter food make us switch to lighter and cooler wines. Even though we can always enjoy our reds, especially during a BBQ, when enjoying wines in the outdoors, white and rosé wines are easier to handle as all you need is some ice and an ice bucket.
Our recommendations for this month are wines which you might not be so accustomed to. With all that is going around us, it is always interesting to explore and be adventurous, even when it comes to choosing a wine. The feeling one gets when discovering something new is always a very satisfying one.
First recommendation comes from Burgundy in France – Domaine Moillard Bourgogne Aligoté. Historically used for the Kir cocktail, where the wine was softened by adding a shot of crème de cassis (blackcurrant liqueur). Today the quality of Aligoté has improved drastically and rather than being just the other white wine of burgundy (the other being none other than Chardonnay), it is becoming a popular wine itself. Its light, citrusy and white fruit flavours make it a perfect wine for Spring, which can also be enjoyed with a large variety of food options.
The second wine comes from Austria – Hopler Gruner Veltiner. Grüner Veltliner is Austria’s most popular grape variety and you can find it in many styles. It is also very versatile when it comes to pairing with food. This wine has very pleasant aromas of pear, tangerine and lime with flavours of ripe citrus fruit. If spring was a wine, it would be a Grüner Veltliner.
The third choice for this month is a barrel-fermented rosé from Spain – Bodegas Chivite ‘Las Fincas’ Rosado. It is an exclusive, limited and numbered edition rosé derived from a selection of the estate’s finest Garnacha Tinta vineyards. This rosé wine is crafted to the highest quality standards: hand-harvesting, careful sorting, gentle pressing, and long ageing in oak barrels. It offers a complex, aromatic palate, with lots of peach, citrus, white flowers, toast and spicy notes, with excellent acidity and a long finish, which is somewhat unusual for a rosé. This wine would be an excellent pairing for a BBQ.
The final choice for your spring wines will definitely be a popular one – Botter Prosecco Rosé. Over the past few years Prosecco has risen in popularity and has become the most sought-after option when ordering bubbles, mostly due to its quality-price ratio and the lighter style when compared to other traditional-method sparkling wines. However, Prosecco was only allowed to be called so in the white version. Producers have been making pink sparklers for decades, but it wasn’t until late 2020 that vintners could label them “prosecco.” The Botter Prosecco rosé has a delicate and complex bouquet with fruity notes of peach, green apple and lemon and floral notes of acacia and rose. Fresh and light on the palate, with balanced acidity and body. It’s round and full-bodied.
Your brunches have not gotten even more colourful.