I love spring. In fact, it’s my favorite time of year. The return of warmer weather, the bursting forth of new life, the promise of so much all wrapped up in these first few days of the season that I am filled with remarkable enthusiasm for doing. Not the planting-trees-in-40-degree-weather kind of doing, rather the lazing on the patio, watching trees planted years ago bloom while sipping new wines kind of doing.
Spring is also a season of rebirth for wine, in many cases marking the return of lighter red, rosé, and white wines that have been missing from the table since the onset of winter. At the same time, it’s also a season that epitomizes change, and is a great chance to take stock of one's palate. The evolution of an individual’s appreciation for wine is far from a straight line. You take detours, have frivolous relationships, are sometimes tricked into temporary trysts, but almost always keep moving forward.
In order to keep moving forward, though, you have to continuously experience what is new, and there is always something new — maybe not to your liking, but certainly new. One of the great things about trying wines this time of year, and I’ll focus on lighter-style white wines for now, is that they are plentiful and relatively inexpensive. So come along and take a look at what’s new and unusual out there in the world of light white wines. One of these might be just the ticket to get your vinous journey of discovery jump-started. They certainly got me looking forward to the bounty of spring!
— Gregory Dal Piaz, Snooth