White wines for spring!
By Marco Giovanetti – mtltimes.ca
Every spring, I conjure in my mind the qualites that i would want in wine glass in three little words: vin de soif. This French phrase refers to wines to satisfy your thirst and are great-tasting, easy-drinking bottles that you want to drink down with enthusiasm. At the moment, it is still early to plan spring’s first picnic, so you still have some time to get the wines you want.
This time of year, I am shopping around for the bottles that you bring out among close friends, or your significant other on a nice afternoon for no important motive at all, and before you know it, everybody wants more and more. Forget big and alcoholic wines. You want light to medium body wines with just enough alcohol for an extended session of sipping. Bright, juicy acidity is imperative, and flourishes of fresh green, mineral, and floral notes work wonderfully with the first arrivals of asparagus, favas, peas, and other tender spring produce.
If you are you’re not quite sure if you’re in the mood for white or red,stick to oranges I have talked about Orange wines before in this column. For my new readers, it is not a wine made from oranges!!!. It is a savoury alternative for spring drinking
Orange wine is made from white grapes that have been left to macerate on their skins. It sounds very technical, but basically all you have to know is that, typically, white wine is made by separating juice from skins right away. So, if you leave the juice in contact with the skins, the wine inherits some tannin and structure, and savory notes.
Sparkling wines also have a place in the Spring season. Beyond special occasion like Christmas, they can enjoyed on a every day basis. One of my favorite moments is sitting outside my terrace, glass on bubbly on hand with a bowl of popcorn or mixed nuts. Bubblies can be produced anywhere in the world, but they are commonly seen from the cooler regions on their native countries. This is because cool-weather grapes tend to have lower sugars and more acidity to give that zippiness we associate with them.
What are your favorite white wines for Spring?. Let me know your picks. Email at firstname.lastname@example.org
By the way, in the next few weeks, keep reading this column. I will be profiling some of the best natural wine agencies in Montreal. It will be a great opportunity for you readers to get to know in depth these agencies and the wines they represent.
Wines of the week
Le Petit Cray-Domaine Jaulin-Plaisantin 2014. ( Montlouis, Loire Valley, France) Private Import. www.rezin.com, $31.60. Case of 6
Beautiful nose bringing to mind Coing paste, pineapple skin and guava paste. Medium to full body. Refreshing with exotic flavors bringing to mind mangoes and tamarind without sacrificing the flintiness of the appellation. Harmonious, velvety and long. A must with lobster rolls or Sushi. 92/100
Château Bellevue. Sauvignon Gris 2014. ( Bordeaux, France). Private Import. www.rezin.com. $28.72. Case of 6
Lovely nose bringing to mind a torrent of minerality reminding me of rock encrusted seashells. In addition, lovely nuances of roasted apple and flower. Medium body. Delicate yet energetic with nuances of canteloupe, anis, and honey. Delicate. Long aromatic finale. Would be lovely with steamed mussels or clams in a white wine sauce. 94/100
Champagne-Fidele-Vouette and Sorbee. ( Champagne, France). Private Import. www.rezin.com. Close to $60.00. Case of 6
Warm baked apple pie, cinnamon with lactic nuances. Full body. Bracing and racing acidity. Lovely retronasal flavors of orange and apricot marmalade, with a nice oxidative nose. Satiny, mineral texture. Expensive treat to have with your significant other along with pasta with crab sauce. 95/100
Paraschos Ribolla Gialla 2013. ( Friuli, Italy). Private Import. www.wardetassoices.com. $35-40. Case of 6.
Bright minerality with accents of honey and confit yellow fruits. Dry chinese oranges. Spices such as mustard seeds, curry. Smoke and clay. Very perfumed. Musky and flowery. Dry mangoes and cantaloupe On the mouth, full body. Lots of mineral depth, hummus. Round texture enveloping your mouth. Has tannins in the palate. 95/100
Antech Cuvée Expression Crémant de Limoux 2013. ( Languedoc-Rousillon, France). SAQ Code: 10666084. Price: $20.60
A very expressive sparkling wine. On the nose, aromas of freshly baked croissants with aromas of ripe ground cherries and yellow apples. On the mouth, fruity and fresh. Round with a voloptous structrure. Perfect with a risotto with Scallops and lemon zest. 92/100
Bisol Crede 2014. 1.5l ( Prosecco, Italy). SAQ Code: 11549349. Price: $43.00
Lovely aromas of ripe pear and green apples with the sweestest scent of wild mountain flowers. On the mouth, elegant and refined. Nice citrusy flavors and a persistent finale. Good on its own or with smoked salmon and cream cheese with crackers. 90/100.