Wherever we enjoy the first days of spring — sitting at sidewalk cafés, having picnics in the park, spending a day at the beach — it’s also time to enjoy sipping wines. Here are some chillable bubblies, pleasant whites and rosés, an assortment of reds, and a sherry.
Vilarnau Brut Nature Cava Reserva NV ($18). Full, rounded, ripe flavors with a rich and balanced structure.
Buena Vista “La Victoire” Champagne Brut NV ($49). A rare Champagne that was made in France for a Napa Valley winery, La Victoire is full-bodied yet elegant and very satisfying.
Moët & Chandon Grand Vintage 2008 ($55). A Champagne lover’s Champagne with lean but flavorful tangy fruit and a crisp finish — superb.
Ruffino Sparkling Rosé NV ($13). A little sweet, with good cherry and rose-petal flavors and intense bubbles.
Pine Ridge California Chenin Blanc & Viognier 2015 ($12). A good blend of apple fruitiness and lime intensity, making for a refreshing, very good sipping wine.
Chamisal Central Coast “Stainless” Chardonnay 2015 ($15). Slightly tart apple flavors with moderately full body and good finishing acidity.
Barrymore by Carmel Road California Pinot Grigio 2015 ($16). Bright, fresh flavors of citrus and green fruits with good acidity and a touch of creaminess.
David Phinney Locations F 5 French Rosé NV ($17). More fruity than sweet, with hints of clover and honey and good acidity.
Malene Central Coast Rosé 2016 ($23). Fruity but dry, with flavors of dried and ripe apricots.
Trivento Malbec Reserve 2015 ($11). Rounded, ripe fruit with good heft and hints of raisins in the finish.
David Phinney Locations P 4 Portuguese Red Wine NV ($17). Good red fruits with some tartness and a lean finish.
David Phinney Locations I 4 Italian Red Wine NV ($18). Warm flavors of mellow berries and toasty oak with good balance.
Cosentino Lodi “Cigar” Old Vines Zinfandel 2015 ($20). Smooth, fruit-forward, and a little spicy with some balsamic notes.
Meiomi California Pinot Noir 2015 ($20). A big wine with rounded, ripe fruits and a finish of vanilla bean.
La Follette North Coast Pinot Noir 2014 ($22). Perfumed, with rounded root and cola flavors; firm with a good finish.