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Perfect wines for Spring and Easter

Now we're into March, the clocks have gone forward and spring time is upon us at last. 

Whilst there's still a slight chill in the air, we thought what better time than to focus on some perfect wines for Spring - lighter styles that can bring us into the warmer months.

Venturing back out into the garden, enjoying the parks in full bloom and planning your summer holidays - it has an aura of optimism and new beginnings. So it's no surprise that it can also have an effect on the kind of wine we choose to drink.

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The warmer the weather, the more we look for refreshment in our drinks so we've chosen a selection of wines we're looking forward to enjoying this season which reflect the freshness of spring, the thought of adventures to come, as well as offering a little excitement for your palate.

These range from some fresh juicy Gamay to Austrian Gruner and are great to pair with spring salads and lamb - and if we're really lucky with the weather, even the BBQ in the garden...

Our picks for what to enjoy in Spring

Spring is a great opportunity to enjoy some lighter dishes and with the Easter tradition of eating Fish on good friday you'll want some wines that will delight with flavour but not over power the food. So here are a couple of fresh wines that will definitely be in our fridges this Easter. 

Perfect white wines for spring - shop online now

Ecker-Eckhof, Gruner Veltliner von Eckhof, 12.5%, Austria

The time is right to really get into Gruner. We'll be taking a closer look at this grape and all things Austrian next month, but we couldn't keep this one under wraps until then. As an introduction to the grape variety, this is just about perfect. It's bright and juicy and effortless to enjoy. The nose has aromas of ripe pear and fresh citrus flavours with subtle exotic hints. On the palate it's nicely textured with flavours of melon and grapefruit leading to a refreshing, zippy finish. 

Try Guner Veltliner with this Barbecued Bream with Lemon and Chilli recipe on BBC Food

If you're thinking of cooking some grilled fish like this Barbecued bream with spring onions, lemon & chilli recipe on BBC food, this Gruner would be a great pairing.

La Levre Piquante, Picpoul de Pinet, 12%, France

Picpoul is one of our go-to dry whites. La Levre Piquante translates as the lip stinger - which refers to this grapes zesty, refreshing, mouth-watering acidity. You;ll find acacia flower, green apples, hawthorn and fresh citrus on the nose while the palate is round with orange pith and lemony acidity giving freshness and leading to a light crisp finish. This is for those that like it crisp & dry and is a perfect match for Moules Frites with a zesty side salad or how about with crispy cod and garlic butter.

Quinta das Maias, Branco, 13%, Portugal

The extra warmth in the sunshine has us reaching for the kind of aromatic and refreshing wines that Portugal does so well. This organic white form Quinta Das Maias in the Dao region is a real gem. It is a wonderfully vibrant Malvasia Fina dominated blend that's bursting with fresh, floral, lemon and lime citrus fruit. Super refreshing, elegant, easy drinking white with some serious structure and a crisp dry finish. This would suit any occasion be it midweek, with food or when entertaining.

This is a versatile wine to pair with, so you could enjoy a glass with seared salmon fillet or chilli and lime tiger prawns

This is a versatile wine to pair with, so you could enjoy a glass with seared salmon or just as easily 

 Perfect red wines to enjoy this Spring - Shop online now

Uva non Grata, Gamay, 12.5%, France

If you'd prefer a red to pair with your ham, this wine is one to go for. One look at the label and you know this French wine isn't beholden to tradition. This is gorgeous Gamay at its best. Bouncy, crunchy Gamay. This grape is really having a moment as more people discover what a no-fuss, irresistible fruit bomb it can be, packed with amazing primary fruit aromas, delicious soft red berry flavours, juicy acidity and soft tannins. Ideal for pairing with that salty meat like a slice of Easter ham.

Ham

A cute story about this one - apparently Gamay was outlawed by Philip the Bold in 1395, but some rebellious vigernons secretly planted some among the Pinot Noir vines to keep it alive. 

Amie Rouge Carignan, 12.5%, France

Another red wine we're keen to enjoy this Spring is from newcomer, Amie. The latest vintage of this favourite from last year is lighter in body, and lower alcohol, but still full of easy charm. It's a well-rounded and elegant red wine produced in the Languedoc, south of France. Made from 100% Carignan, from vines that are over 30-years-old, it's only 12.5% but boy does it have some serious flavour. Absolutely bursting with blackberry, blackcurrants, red fruits, a beautiful jammy feel throughout, and an elegant, soft finish.

You could enjoy this with veggie sausages and lentils or if you're going for a vegan centrepiece easter dish like this incredible looking beetroot and red onion tarte tatin it would work perfectly with the vibrant, juicy fruits and light tannins of the this red.

Easter food pairing tips.

There are lots of other foods eaten over spring time and of course one of the stars is British lamb, which has been a staple of this country's farming since the Roman times.

Braised Lamb

Spring lamb is delicate and served up slightly pink, so when picking your pairing here you aren't going to want to go for a really heavy red with lots of tannins. Going for a vibrant wine like the Amie above or a pinot noir would be our choice, with its juicy red fruits, light tannins, fresh acidity and a hint of savoury spice which you can find really works well. 

 

If you are keen to go for a bigger, richer red, then you'll want to think about a different cut. A lamb shoulder which has been slowly braised so the fat melts in your mouth with a rich red wine jus is where you can bring out the big guns. We'd go with the Bodegas Palacio, Glorioso Reserva. This is a proper crowd pleaser - ripe fruit accompanied by complex spicy and balsamic notes with a slight touch of vanilla. Nicely balanced on the palate with well integrated tannins. This has enough weight to balance out the richness of the sauce and melt-in-your-mouth braised lamb.

If white's more your thing, then a great option is this Rioja Vega Tempranillo Blanco. This will match up great with a variety of dishes. If you were going for a traditional honey glaze roast ham or something like salmon en croute, the rich, ripe peach and apricot fruit with its creamy texture would work perfectly. 

Asparagus is back in season and absolutely loves being paired with one of the most popular white grape varieties out there - Sauvignon blanc. The key here is crisp, dry white wine with good acidity and no oak to balance the freshness of the Asparagus. France' Loire Valley is top of our list, so maybe a Sancerre or alternatively the Iona Sophie T'Blanche from South Africa is a banger. You could also enjoy this with the Ecker-Eckhof, Gruner Veltliner von Eckhof we mentioned earlier.

Now of course, Easter is also the time for chocolate eggs...

 Niepoort Tawny Dee Port

So if you're looking for a wine and chocolate pairing, you'll need something that has a much higher level of sweetness and so it's best to look to something like Tawny port, specifically for us Niepoort, Tawny Dee. With an average age of three and a half years, it still has plenty of luscious fruit, delicate nutty aromas and hints of dried raisin, making it a totally spot-on pairing for milk chocolate. 

If you're stocking up for the Easter weekend we have a case of our Spring Favourites available with FREE Delivery which you can find here. 

You can check out all of our favourite Easter wines in our Spring collection here.

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