Here are ten seasonal wines that are sure to please your palate as the weather warms up. And they won't break the bank.
1) Badenhorst Secateurs Rosé, Swartland, South Africa, 2015 ($16)
This blend of Cinsault, Shiraz, Grenache and Carignan exhibits a delightfully pale pink color while notes of strawberry, bergamot, blood orange and a hint of mint dazzle on the palate.
2) Benton-Lane Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley, Oregon, 2014 ($18)
This lovely white wine from Oregon is 100 percent stainless steel fermented-- which simply means it’s bright, fresh and fruity with enticing notes of citrus, pineapple and mango.
3) Clos du Gaimont Vouvray, Loire Valley, France, 2014 ($20)
Crafted from all Chenin Blanc grapes, this lively white has delicate floral and lemon verbena aromas accompanied by poached pear, lime blossom, minerals and a bright acidity on the palate.
4) Biltmore Estate Sauvignon Blanc, North Carolina, 2014 ($12)
Hailing from North Carolina’s historic Biltmore estate, this juicy Sauvignon Blanc will tickle your tastebuds with refreshing notes of juicy citrus, grapefruit and peach.
5) Zenato Lugana di San Benedetto, Veneto, Italy, 2014 ($14)
This stunning white from Italy’s Veneto region is crafted from 100 percentTrebbiano di Lugana and displays gorgeous, unique notes of mandarin orange, ginger, almond and white flowers with a lengthy finish.
6) Paul Cluver Pinot Noir, Elgin, South Africa, 2013 ($20)
The cool climate region of Elgin is known for producing enjoyable South African Pinots like this medium-bodied wine with notes of black cherry, earth and spice-- all accompanied by a delightfully food friendly acidity.
7) Tasca d’Almerita Nero d’Avola Lamuri, Sicily, Italy, 2013 ($22)
This juicy, aromatic red wine made from Sicily’s signature red grape has oodles of personality with notes of pomegranate, raspberry, herbs and spices. Chewy tannins give way to slightly savory finish that will keep you coming back for more.
8) Domaine Chignard, Fleurie Les Moriers, Beaujolais, France, 2014 ($24)
Rife with ripe, red cherries and strawberries this medium-bodied wine is destined to be a spring favorite. On the palate, notes of juicy red fruit and a bright acidity make it perfect for pairing with your favorite warmer weather dishes.
9) Vinaceous Red Right Hand, McLaren Vale, Australia, 2013 ($18)
This medium-bodied blend of Shiraz, Grenache and Tempranillo exudes personality plus with vibrant notes of plum compote, black cherry, cassis and black pepper with a deliciously lengthy finish.
10) Château de Saint Cosme Côtes du Rhône, Rhône Valley, France, 2014 ($20)
For the full-bodied red wine lover, this 100 percent Syrah features inviting aromatics of black fruit and violets, followed on the palate by juicy red currant, black cherry, plum and licorice. A bold choice for spring but true wine-lovers won't be disappointed.
Stephanie Miskew is a certified sommelier, wine educator and proprietor of The Wine Atelier, an online wine boutique. She also runs the The Glamorous Gourmet, a website dedicated to wine and entertaining.
This article was originally published on April 21, 2016 by Stephanie Miskew