Spring Fling: Floral Wines Perfect for the Season
April showers bring wine flowers… that’s how the saying goes, right?
Spring is the season to celebrate blooming flowers, buzzing bees, and gorgeously aromatic wines. So put away those pruning shears and grab that corkscrew – it’s time to uncork some spring-worthy floral wine.
Roses are red, Nebbiolo is…
Classic Nebbiolo is bursting with notes of rose petals, and our 100% Nebbiolo from Amador County is no exception. A California take on Italy’s most noble red grape, this medium-bodied wine has a blooming bouquet of sweet plum, cranberry, licorice, rose, and violets. While Nebbiolo tends to pair better with entree-sized meals rather than finger foods, it doesn’t mean it can’t be enjoyed on its own. In fact, it should be! Grab some glasses, a bottle of our 2012 Nebbiolo, and head out for sunset on the bay.
Stop and smell the Viognier
Fans of Viognier love its big, bold aromas of white flowers, honeysuckle, peach, and orange blossoms. Although it has similar weight to Chardonnay, Viognier stands out with bright acidity and a fresh, perfumed nose. Our 2011 Amador County Viognier is a wine designed to be enjoyed outdoors on a warm spring day, paired with crisp crackers and creamy cheeses like light blue and goat cheese. Bonus: Viognier’s vibrant floral qualities even make it the perfect replacement for a bouquet of flowers. And hey, Mother’s Day is just around the corner...
Spring into Syrah
While Syrah is not always on the list of characteristically floral wine, certain styles of Syrah are bursting with lovely notes of lavender. The 2012 Syrah is full-bodied and luscious with a fragrant bouquet of blackberry and blueberry, along with layers of earthy mushrooms and baking spices. Move over, Rosé, this is the perfect wine for spring. Pairing beautifully with grilled meats, it’s an ideal barbecue wine to carry you from spring to summer, and will still be there to warm you up in the fall. Need we say more?
While not every wine will smell like a freshly picked bouquet, each of our wines are full of unique aromas and flavors. Our urban tasting room in downtown San Carlos is open every Saturday and Sunday from 11 AM - 4 PM, so stop by for a tasting flight, no reservations required! Cheers to spring!
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