Working in the wine industry, I’ve had the pleasure to get to know the various types of wine drinkers out there. There are some who simply drink what they like, no matter what time of the year, and others, who change their choices with the seasons.
Both of these wine-drinking ways are perfectly acceptable, and I always say to just do what makes you happy! But as the spring weather rolls around – it’s a good idea to change things up and try something fresh.
Change is the spice of life, right? Let’s take a look at a few of wines that pair perfectly warmer weather.
1. Dry Riesling
The crisp, fresh flavours of a Riesling make it perfect for sipping in the spring. Rieslings may be white wine’s most versatile in terms of food-friendly grapes, but can often be a wine that people either love or hate, as the sweetness and acidity are not for everyone.
I personally love pairing a Riesling with delicious Asian cuisine, as the wine’s sweetness can compliment the sour, lime-infused flavours.
Recommended: Pegasus Bay, Bel Canto Dry Riesling, 2014
As Spain’s distinguished seafood white, this fashionable wine is an excellent choice for pairing with seafood dishes, especially if you’re dining on a patio in the sun!
Recommended: Palacia de Fefinanes, Albariño, 2013
3. A Light Rosé
What I find particularly lovely about a rosé is that it can be enjoyed just as well during a sunny afternoon barbeque as it can be with an elegant seafood dinner. Versatile and perfect for warm-weather drinking!
I’m looking forward to sipping on rosés with subtle, fresh and lively flavours as the world comes back to life this spring.
Recommended: Chateau La Martinette, Rollier Rosé, 2015
4. Young Pinot Noir
Good news for red lovers – don’t move your reds in the back of the cellar just yet!
A young pinot will offer the more fruit forward aspects of this grape varietal, such as the flavours of cherries, raspberries and strawberries, which can be enjoyed on a cool spring evening.
Drinking wine is largely about the taste but don’t forget to enjoy the experience this spring. Pair your favourite wines with your favourite settings and favourite people, and you’re sure to have a spectacular day.
Giles Cadman is Chairman of The Cadman Capital Group, a group of cohesive, complementary companies, operating in the international trade, retail, leisure, and investment markets. Learn more about Giles.