Step one foot into any wine shop and the selection can be overwhelming.
Hundreds or maybe even thousands of bottles surround you and you might not have any idea where to begin.
Red or white? Domestic or imported? Sweet or dry?
Relax! We asked Crystal Cameron, sommelier and owner of Crystal Palate, for a little help creating a wine list.
Here’s a list of 5 value-priced wines that hit the spot for spring.
1) 2012 Burgan’s Albariño, Rias Biaxas, Spain ($14) – A kiss of sea breeze coupled with aromatic white flowers, lemon curd, and peach grace your glass as your palate partakes in a refreshing journey to the coast of Northwest Spain.
Perfect Pairings: ceviche, sushi, and shellfish
2) 2012 Dr. Loosen “Dr. L” Riesling, Mosel, Germany ($12) – It’s time to rethink Riesling. This is hands down one of the most food-friendly wines on the planet. White peach, lime zest ,and acacia are present on the nose. The palate boasts beautiful citrus and stone fruit with a touch of residual sugar and lingering spice.
Perfect Pairings: Thai food, sushi, vinegar-based BBQ, and salads
3) 2012 Tilia Torrentés, Salta, Argentina ($12) – Torrontés is Argentina’s signature white grape and it’s making quite a name for itself in the U.S. marketplace. Aromas of sweet jasmine, bright citrus, and juicy stone fruit lead to Meyer lemon, apricot, fig, and a hint of white pepper on the palate.
Perfect Pairings: grilled seafood, shellfish, and salads
4) 2012 Alois Lageder Pinot Bianco, Alto Adige, Italy ($14) – Pinot Bianco is a nice alternative to Pinot Grigio. This wine offers soft floral aromas of hibiscus blooms, lemon zest, apple, and pear. The palate echoes the bouquet and offers a nice touch of minerality and refreshing acidity.
Perfect Pairings: grilled vegetables, pasta, seafood, and chicken
5) 2013 Champteloup Rosé D’Anjou, Loire Valley, France ($11) – This medium dry Cabernet Franc blend features soft rose petals and succulent strawberry aromas that excite the senses. The palate features vibrant red fruit, floral notes, and a touch of minerality.
Perfect Pairings: goat cheese encrusted with Herbs de Provence, brie with raspberry preserves, and fruit tart
After a long winter, Cameron says these 5 wine and food pairings are great for your spring social gatherings or a quiet evening at home.
Have a value-priced wine that you want to share? Add to our list in the comments section below.
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