The bunny approaches! Time to get your eggs dyed and your festivities readied. Whether your crew plans to hunt for baskets or for the bottom of the bottomless mimosa, refreshments are a must. This week’s lineup features crisp and breezy spring wines for brunch fare or your white wine enthusiasts. Next week we’ll look at reds from light and chillable to big and meaty for your hams, your lambs, and your rouge-only fans. Here we go!
Prosecco Superiore DOCG
It’s gotta start with bubbles. Prosecco is the most widely drunk sparkling wine in the world, its vibrant bubble and soft fruit making for a perfectly unpretentious party starter. But not all Proseccos are created equal. La Gioiosa’s founding family, the Moretti Polegato’s, have been recognized by Italy’s chamber of commerce as leaders in popularizing Prosecco worldwide, and they execute very high standards of quality in both their biodiverse vineyards and their tech-driven winery. Their DOCG Prosecco Superiore is a fresh but complex example of what their specially selected Glera grapes can become — lovely aromatics of orchard flowers and ripe yellow apple, with lemon oil, mandarin, and toasted meringue atop a persistent bubble.
Pair with: fresh fruits; pastry; herbed fish and poultry; potatoes rosti with tartar sauce
A food pairing workhorse in most any season, Le Tuffeau Vouvray is delicate yet flavor-packed with a fat-tempering acid, luscious beeswax texture, and a clean citrus finish. On the dry side of the Chenin Blanc spectrum, it goes equally well with sweet and savory brunch staples — just make sure you have enough to go around! Give your Easter spread some Loire Valley pizzaz with Tuffeau’s notes of honeyed apricot, racy lemon, white peach, and honeysuckle.
Pair with: mushroom and parmesan omelette; eggs Benedict; spinach salad with walnuts, berries, and goat cheese; buttered biscuits and marmalade
As pretty in the glass as it is in the rose-cast bottle, Roseline Prestige is an unassuming over-performer in the Provence Rosé department. Top AOP Côtes de Provence blocks of Cinsault, Grenache, and Syrah were selected to express abundant florals and poised fruit, framed by a pitch-perfect Provençal minerality. Its clean profile and delicately budding aromatics are buzzing with spring vibes, namely fresh melon, wild strawberry, orange cream, sea spritz, and a light note of green herb emerging with food.
Pair with: crudité vegetables; poached salmon; classic chicken salad; curried shrimp salad
-Aimee Hutchinson | Wine Manager Top Ten Liquors