Thursday, April 10, 2014

Seasonal Wine Change Over

Spring is here, and as I change out my closet with the intent of retiring my heavy winter clothes, I am preparing to do the same with my wines. 

Reds and Whites
My cellar is full of winter wines for those cold, dark nights sitting around a roaring fire sheltered form the howling wind and frigid snows blowing outside my house.  Now is the time to bring out the summer wines designed to be enjoyed while sitting around the pool or entertaining on the deck or patio. 

I truly enjoy heavy, deep, brooding, earthy red wines, but during the summertime I also find enjoyment in lighter reds, perhaps a pinot noir, and even whites like pinot gris.
Out with the Reds

Sitting around the pool in the hot summer sun sipping a complex cabernet sauvignon does not work for me, unless there is a thick piece of beef sitting on my plate. A better idea is to take out chilled whites which are filled with notes of citrus or fruit and savor their taste and coolness while feeling the warming rays of the sun on my face as I sample some fruit filled dessert or appetizer.

In with the Whites
It turns out I am not the only one who looks at springtime this way. Bottle Notes has an article about skipping into Spring with with a perfect picnic. They describe the perfect wines for summer. So while I am moving out my heavy coats and sweaters, I am bringing out the whites and lighter reds that I have been collecting in preparation for the summer fun ahead. I can feel the hot summer sun on my face already!

-- Bob and Christina Doan, Elkridge, MD

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