Happy Easter everyone! Today is such a special time to gather and celebrate with family and friends. Spring has fully arrived and I've chosen six special wines to try as sun is shining and the garden comes to life over the next couple months. Each of these beauties is sustainably crafted and represents the perfect balance of fruit, acid, and excellent flavor for the warm days ahead. I've paired each with a Springtime recipe that suits the flavors and is perfect for meals enjoyed on the patio.
Champagne Michel Mailliard 'Cuvee Gregory' Premier Cru Brut NV | Cote des Blancs, Champagne
Here is a clean, laser-focused Champagne that is just perfect for the season. It makes for a lovely aperitif or classic seafood pairing, but I dare you to try it with your juicy steak hot off the grill. The acid will cut right through the fat and enhance the delicious umami flavors of the meat.
Domaine de la Bretonneire Muscadet Sevre-et-Maine Sur Lie 2019 | Loire, France
In the world of high-acid still whites, few can compare to the magic of a great Muscadet. This is one of the most classic oyster pairing wines you will come across. Its "lean and green" with the classic salinity that makes it the perfect match for seafood. The time spent ageing on the lees softens the edges and makes this oh-so-enjoyable to drink.
Bodegas Ordonez Nisia Old Vine Verdejo 2018 | Rueda, Spain
If you're ready to explore something a little off the beaten path and you like fruit-forward, delicious white wines then you have got to try this beauty. It is medium-bodied with a luscious texture imparted by time spent on the lees and in barrel. It'll stand up to dishes with a big more fat like salmon or the delicious bowl of steaming mussels you can make using the recipe below.
Domaine de Triennes Rose 2020 | Meditierranee IGP
A perennial favorite of mine, this rose embodies the flavors and style of Provence rose that so many of us love and trust when it comes to choosing outstanding pink wine. One of my favorite qualities of rose is the versatility it offers when it comes to food pairing. If you're at a restaurant and everyone is having a different dish, get a bottle of rose on the table and you will see smiling faces all around!
Maison Albert Bichot Chablis 2018 | Chablis, Burgundy, France
You're not going to find a lot of New World Chardonnay on my blog, but a classic like this Chablis from such an iconic producer always has a home here! This is a fresh and elegant wine with racy acidity and a super refreshing style. Drink it well-chilled and relatively young as an aperitif or with lighter fare.
Vino Lauria Frappato 2017 | Scoglitti, Sicily, Italy
I can't get serious about Springtime without at least a few bottles of this wine on hand. I love it for warm afternoons with a refreshing chill on it from either an ice bath or the refrigerator. I definitely drink fewer red wines in the Spring and Summer, but this one has been a go-to for a few years now for its light, fruity style and food-friendly qualities.
What are you drinking this Spring? Drop a comment below!
Happy Easter, friends! - Tana