Apr 16 2010
The French call it le printemp, the Spanish and Italians, primavera. To us Americans, it’s spring (or for us Chicagoans, godsend). No matter the language, it is indeed the fairest season, a time for blooms and brunch (outdoors; especially outdoors). Why not uncork those young wines you’ve been hoarding and enjoy them in the company of loved ones?
2009 Raventos Parfum di vi Blanc, Penedes, Spain [$15.49]
This wonderfully aromatic Spanish white blend (60% Macabeo, 40% Muscat) is everything its nose hints it to be: floral and seductively sweet. On first sip, you’ll be entranced by it’s incredible lightness and the seamless balance between its light sugars and playful acidity. Take a bottle of this to your favorite sushi BYOB; you can thank me later.
2006 Louis Jadot, Moulin-a-vent, Clos du Grand Carquelin, Chateau des Jacques, Beaujolais, France [$29.99]
Forget everything you know about the much-hyped Nouveau Beaujolais-rush every November: this Gamay from Jadot blows all others out of the water. Elegant and complex, this beautiful vino is an Impressionist painting on the palate. Evocative of all kinds of flavors and sensations (silken cherries, spicy raspberries), this Gamay is the perfect accompaniment to the grill-outs and alfresco dinners in your near future.