If being stuck at home has got you down and your nightly glass of wine has provided some comfort, use this time to enhance your wine knowledge. Some extra downtime is the perfect opportunity to expand your tasting skills and try out some wines you haven’t had before. Better yet, since it’s springtime, use this as a moment to embrace the sunshine. Here are some of the top spring wine varietals you need at home to get you through self-isolation—try them out!
A white wine from Austria, this is the perfect, crisp glass of wine you need once spring finally blooms. It’s a lovely alternative to Sauvignon Blanc and oozes bright citrus, white pepper, and quite a bit of acidity. It’s the wine you want to pair with fresh salads and other spring dishes. The more affordable bottles of Grüner Veltliner are going to lose that acid burst soon after sipping, but the more expensive bottles will hold on for the perfect tingly after taste.
A Cool-Climate Pinot Noir
Make the transition from the heavy reds of winter to the cool-climate reds of spring and summer with a perfect Pinot Noir. Seriously, if you haven’t had a spring Pinot Noir, you’re missing out. Grab one from Oregon or New Zealand for great non-Burgundian options, and enjoy all of Pinot’s bright flavors. Follow some of these awesome tips for identifying flavors in wine so that you can really notice the black cherry, clove, and dark chocolate.
Another fantastic white wine choice for the spring, Gewürztraminer is a distinctly aromatic white wine variety that’s notoriously high in alcohol and low in acidity—it’s an easy drinker. It’s like a grown-up version of Moscato, with a lovely lychee aroma, as well as some grapefruit, ginger, and rose petal. You’ll want to pop this bottle in the fridge before drinking so that you can make the most out of this beautiful wine.
Honestly, there might not be a better red wine that screams spring than Gamay. This light-bodied red smells like flowers and berries and tastes just as heavenly. It’s perfect for a backyard picnic or some grilled salmon and roasted veg. It’s light, refreshing, and full of juicy fruits like raspberries, cherries, and even bananas. If you don’t feel like Pinot but still want a light red to curb your cravings, then Gamay is a perfect choice.
Pacific Northwest Rosé
There are so many good things to say about Rosé. It’s such a versatile choice, and if you’re one of those people who hold off on drinking it in the winter, then this springtime Rosé is just what you need. Pacific Northwest Rosé, or PNW Rosé, offers just enough acidity to make it the perfect pair for most of your spring meals. From rich to light and bright, these rosés come in such a variety that you could have a different bottle, with completely different flavor profiles, every day. Experience the joy of PNW Rosé this spring!