Cool Spring Whites – By Sara d’Amato
If I had a mere quarter for all the times I have been asked about my favourite wine, I’d have that vineyard in Tuscany by now. Unfortunately, I can never give a satisfying answer. A “favourite wine” is a point-in-time snapshot, dependent on context and so many constantly changing variables: the weather, the food, the mood, and even, yes, the season.
Of all of the times of year, spring seems to get me in the mood for a particular kind of wine like no other time. Whether it be the smell of the crocuses already in bloom or the excitement of the fresh, local produce about to find its way to my table, I can think of no better way to enjoy the coming of the warm weather than with a crisp, seductive white. At the brink of the season, we are certainly in luck as a slew of sophisticated and appealing whites have made their way into our wine shops.
Las Perdices Torrontés 2010, Luján De Cuyo, Mendoza, Argentina $12.95
On the lighter side, this pretty, floral Torrontés is extremely approachable and undeniably delicious. A perfect addition to an afternoon tea on the veranda or lunching with the ladies. This is one of those wines that is best appreciated by those who are capable of recognizing the importance of delicacy and subtle charm.
Bründlmayer Kamptaler Terrassen Grüner Veltliner 2010, Kamptal, Austria $19.95
Spring cleaning is infinitely more pleasant with this clean, stylish and distinctive Grüner in my hand. Spring cleaning aside, the experience of a great Grüner with plenty of white pepper, verve and spice is unforgettable and will sure to have you coming back for more.
Flat Rock The Rusty Shed Chardonnay 2010, VQA Twenty Mile Bench, Niagara Peninsula $24.95
If you feel it is time to get out the gardening gear to start turning the soil, the Rusty Shed Chardonnay might just be able to get you in the mood, thematically, at least. Satisfying with a good dose of quality oak, tropical fruit and substantial alcohol – a great reward for hard work.
The Ned Pinot Gris 2011, Waihopal River, Marlborough, New Zealand $14.95
Rich, lush and seductive, this may just have you hoping that the groundhog didn’t see his shadow so that you can continue to hibernate just a little bit. Comforting, alluring and sensual, hits my most longed for marks when it comes to a great bottle.
May the warm weather and beautiful aromas inspire your choices this season.