Despite the flurry of snow this morning, we are looking forward to spring with a Tasting Bar loaded down with great white and pink wines for Spring! It’s the time of year that the bottles of rosé start appearing across the shelves and spread throughout our coolers. Rosé is delicious, yes, but if you only drink the pink stuff from now until the end of warm weather, you might quickly get bored of wine altogether. So, we are offering you a couple of pink options and a couple of great white options that are great light, refreshing options for springtime.
- Ponzi Vineyards Pinot Gris 2016: Ponzi were pioneers of Pinot Gris in America with their first plantings in 1978, before the variety was known in the United States. The first vintage was released in 1981 in a half bottle format. From the beginning, Ponzi Pinot Gris has played an important role in the Ponzi portfolio. It is an accessible wine that is extremely food-friendly. The 2016 vintage is a great example of one of Oregon’s most consistent Pinot Gris producers for 30+ years! Come check out the aromas of tropical fruit (yummy guava!) and white tea backup by a palate of white peach, musky pepper, and a touch of lime zest.
- The Little Sheep of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc 2017: You’ll find plenty of sheep in New Zealand, including in the heart of the famous Marlborough wine region, where the smaller ones are often used to control grass and weeds in vineyards. This tasty value comes from the folks at Lawson’s Dry Hills winery and it’s a right down the middle Marlborough gem. Lively and fresh aromas of citrus and cut grass jump from the glass tantalizing your taste buds. The palate is clean and crisp with high toned acidity that is balanced by citrus fruit and melon. Finishes dry, crisp, and clean, making this a refreshing, great value!
- Les Dauphins Côtes du Rhône Rosé 2017: Family winemakers in the Dauphiné region of the Rhône Valley joined together in the early 1920’s Paris to make delicious wines that fueled the creative revolution in bistros across Paris. The Dauphiné became the source of many of these popular bistro wines thanks to their vibrant style and versatility with classic bistro dishes. This lovely pink wine comes from the southern Rhône Valley, South of Drôme and North of Vaucluse. It is a blend of 75% Grenache, 15% Cinsault, and 10% Syrah that is a bright pink color with an elegant lychee aroma with nice white summer fruits and a refreshing crisp finish. Great for sipping on its own, perfect for starters, salads, or with barbecues.
- Petit Bourgeois Rosé de Pinot Noir 2016: Coming from the “Garden of France,” this wine is produced by 10th generation winemakers in the Loire Valley, who also produce a number of excellent Sancerres. This elegant and enjoyable wine will give you great pleasure anytime of the year! A fruity wine with crisp, bright acidity and the minerality that you often expect from Loire Valley wines. Perfect for a wide range of foods, from grilled meats and salads, to seafood tempuras and Vietnamese spring rolls. 100% Pinot Noir