Perfect Wines for Spring and Matching them with Food
As the days start to lengthen, and signs of new life are all around us, our taste-buds start to gravitate towards fresher, crispier flavours and aromas. If you crave Spring-veg based dishes and generally lighter cuisine, preferably eaten al fresco, you will definitely need a proper wine companion.
Matching food with wine can really make a difference to your overall taste experience. And with our help you don’t need to spend a fortune on perfectly satisfying seasonal wines. We’ve put together some suggestions to help you find the nicest and most versatile wines available this Spring at your favourite retailers.
Quinta de Azevedo Vinho Verde
– Waitrose Cellar, £5.97 (with voucher)
Known for its effervescence, as it continues the fermentation process in the bottle, Portugese Vinho Verde serves as a perfect aperitif. Quinta de Azevedo is very light, drinkable and vibrant on the palate. You will love its greenish colour in the glass. We heard it through the grapevine that it tastes fantastic with grilled sardines.
Esprit de Buganay Provence Rose
– Waitrose Cellar, £9.89 (with voucher)
Provencal Rose at its purest, light pink, with distinct aromas of wild strawberries and raspberries. Incredibly refreshing and fine, it never fails to impress. Try it with melon and prosciutto, toasted sourdough with herb butter or traditional Greek starters.
Brancott Estate Sauvignon Blanc
– Tesco Wine by the Case, £5.25
This extremely popular Marlborough Sauvignon with a grassy smell and citrusy, well-balanced taste will definitely sharpen your appetite. Subtle acidity and hints of herbs in this wine match perfectly with chicken, fish and seafood, especially oysters. If you are vegetarian, try it with a rocket, beetroot and goat cheese salad.
La Veduta Pinot Grigio DOC
– Waitrose Cellar, £5.99
Subtle minerality, hints of apple and pear and pleasant rounded finish of this wine will delight you. Fragrant and elegant, just as Pinot Grigio should be, it's a favourite of many. Try it alongside green salads and creamy pastas, add it to Spring risotto with peas and courgettes or sip on its own.
Piccini Extra Dry Prosecco DOC
– Tesco Wine by the Case, £7.50
Another fantastic aperitivo, bubbly, frothy and top quality – worth serving at a barbecue party outside. Really versatile and unassuming: it goes well with nibbles, starters, risotto – you name it. Perfect with desserts, such as panettone, macarons, mousses and parfaits.
Baron de Hoen Vin D'Alsace Gewurztraminer
– Marks & Spencer £7.50
If you love Gewurztraminer, give this Alsatian beauty a chance to amaze you. Fragrant with rose, ginger and lychee aromas, it begs to be combined with spicy, sweet and sour food of Thai and Indian origin. If you’ve never tried it – you should.
Jacktone Ranch Chardonnay
– Tesco Wine by the Case, £5.50
Typically for a Chardonnay, Jacktone Ranch brings to mind a laid-back and friendly atmosphere of Californian lifestyle. It’s peachy, slightly oaky and easy to drink – a perfect accompaniment to roasted herby chicken, hearty carbonara or peach melba.
ASDA Extra Special Chilean Pinot Noir
– Asda Wine Shop, £5.28
This Pinot Noir, grown in the cool climate of Aconcagua Valley, will delight you with dark, vibrant forest fruit on the nose and oaky creaminess on the tongue. You can serve it with grilled fish, roasted meats and rich casseroles - it should compliment those dishes perfectly.
Baron de la Vauxonne Beaujolais Villages
– Tesco Wine by the Case, £7.00
Traditional Baujolais-Villages wines, made exclusively of Gamay grapes, are well-known for their light, quaffable and yet very satisfying taste. This is a perfect Spring red wine, definitely on a delicate, fruity side. Try it with tapas, spaghetti Bolognese, spinach and ricotta ravioli or just sip it lazily on the green grass. Serve slightly chilled.
9th May 2017