Spring is a season that can often be overlooked, especially if you live in one of the colder states where it is generally the shortest season. Why not put yourself into a more seasonal mood with a delightful glass of wine? Traditionally spring is a very festive time of year there's Easter, May Day, and of course St. Patty's; so, let's celebrate! Below you'll find a list of refreshingly light wines along with some food pairing ideas that will have your home abloom in no time, so, break out the muck boots and set your brunch table. It's time to dust off winter and put the spring back in your step.
Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay
These wines are both wonderfully versatile as they each can be made dry or on the sweeter side. A dry Sauvignon Blanc or Chardonnay will go well with cheeses that have a light tangy taste such as Feta, Havarti, and Asiago. Host a friendly lunch and wow your guests with some refreshing Greek style salads or bring out a tasty cheese board at your next game night, pop open a bottle of one of these wines and you've got yourself a party. These are also great wines to pair with white meats or shellfish and the Chardonnay goes particularly well with potatoes and squash, so, if you're putting on an Easter feast for your family that would be a perfect choice. A nice dry Chardonnay will complement the flavors in your cooking without overpowering the taste. Additionally, their sweeter counterparts will pair well with a nice light dessert, try angel food or chiffon cake topped with fruit such as peaches or strawberries.
This is the perfect dessert wine, break it out after a nice dinner and serve it with something rich like some hot apple pie drizzled in a warm caramel sauce. Whether you're ending a dinner party or cozying up to enjoy your dessert with someone special, this is a great choice. Riesling also goes well with pit fruits, nuts, and things having a smoky flavor such as Gouda, sausage, or a sweet barbeque sauce. You could pair a Riesling with a lovely party platter and all its trimmings: smoked meats, chutney, candied walnuts, and dried apricots. All those wonderful foods that just sing of friends and celebrations.
We couldn't have a spring list without some bubbly. Champagne brings to mind celebratory toasts and chocolate covered strawberries, tuxedos and grand events, but you don't have to be in a bond movie or rom-com to enjoy a nice glass. If you're lucky enough to have some warm weather take a glass outside and bask in the sun with a bowl of fresh berries and whipped cream. If you are hosting an event or just a small get together a nice idea to try is freezing some berries beforehand, put some raspberries, blueberries, and/or sliced strawberries on a baking sheet so they won't freeze together and serve Champagne glasses with a couple berries in each. You'll add a nice flare and the berries will lend a hint of sweetness to the Champagne.
Prosecco is another sparkling wine and it's great for hosting the perfect brunch. Drink chilled with a good quiche or serve it up with some eggs benedict and your friends will be bubbling with compliments by mid-meal. Prosecco also pairs well with carbs, who could ask for better wine? Indulge yourself with some sweet pastries and buttery croissants while sipping a tasty glass. What's more, you can make a light and refreshing drink for you and your brunch guests by mixing some Prosecco with strawberry puree, this is called a Rossini.
This is a great wine to put anyone in a flowery frame of mind, it is also another wine that's versatile. Rose's can be made sparkling or still and with a wide range of dryness to sweetness. A sparkling Rose can be served with a variety of seafood and butter sauces, soft cheeses, egg dishes, and vegetable dishes. Brandish this at a classy brunch or serve with stuffed mushrooms and a light seafood dish. A still Rose is crisp and will go well with light pasta dishes, salads, and grilled fish, so, it would make the perfect addition to a nice garden lunch.