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May 02, 2022
SpringWineTrends

It's time to start tossing sweaters and mulled wine aside for fresher and brighter beverages. Spring will be in full bloom soon and it's time to stock your wine refrigerator with the best wines to celebrate the season. From bubbly to sweet reds, spring wines celebrate the juicy and fruity flavors that speak to the season. These crisp, chilled, and refreshing wines will brighten your day until the days are brighter and longer.


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Chilled Wines For Warmer Days

With the days getting warmer, an incredible crisp and perfectly chilled wine goes down easy. It's really the only way to enjoy the sunny and warm days. While it may be tempting to put your wines on ice, rapidly chilling your wines can stunt the flavors in your wines and even destroy the delicate flavors in these lighter and brighter wines. The only way to ensure you preserve the complex flavors of your wines but also, reach the ideal chilled temperature for your wines is to store them in a wine refrigerator.

Wine refrigerators are specifically engineered to perfectly preserve and chill wines to their exact serving temperature. While serving temperatures may vary, wine refrigerators have flexible and easily adjustable digital temperature controls. They are designed to maintain and control precise temperatures, which protect wines from premature spoilage and degradation of flavors. With lighter wines, the notes and aromas are much more subtle than richer and deeper wines. These wines need consistent cooling, which will transition the wines gently into their ideal serving temperature. Learn more about recommended storing temperatures in our detailed article>.

The best way to organize and store your seasonal wines is in a dual zone or multizone wine refrigerator. Having multiple zones will allow you to independently control each zone in your refrigerator and store your wines to their ideal temperatures. You can easily organize your wine by the season, which allows you to have dedicated temperature-controlled storage for your spring wines.

Spring wines are in the category of lighter wines like white wines and sparkling, which should be kept at temperatures ranging from 43 to 50 degrees Fahrenheit. At these temperatures, your wine should have a crisp taste and cool temperature that will enhance the bright and fruity notes in the wine.


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Clink Your Glasses For Spring

To truly enjoy your wines, you need the appropriate glassware to enhance the flavors and aromas of the wine. Glassware also directs the flow of the wine onto the palate, which will affect the flavors of the wine and minimizes bitterness. Learn about the anatomy of a wine glass in our article here to better select the appropriate wine glass for your wines.

Champagne Flute

Ideal for any kind of sparkling wine, the champagne flute has a narrow shape with a narrow opening, which prevents the carbonation from escaping too quickly. It allows you to slowly sip and enjoy your bubbly beverage. The long stem prevents your hands from heating up the glass, which will flatten your carbonation.

White Wine Glasses

There are a variety of white wine glasses to suit each wine style. They typically have a medium-sized mouth and often rounded a rounded lip. Lighter wines tend to have a more subtle aroma and the slightly smaller mouth traps the aromas into the bowl and allows you to take more in during the drinking experience.

Red Wine Glasses

Like white wines, red wines have a massive variety of glassware styles to choose from for each style of wine. These glasses tend to have a much wider and larger bowl, which allows the aromas to swirl around within the bowl and direct the aromas to your nose ad you take a sip. Since the nose of the wine is so important in the tasting experience of red wine, the shape and size of the wine glass is essential for directing aromas. Red wine glasses also have tapered or rounded lips, this affects how the wine cascades onto the palate. Depending on the wine, the way it initially hits the palate will affect the unique flavors in the wine.


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Wine Trends

Wine trends change every year with winemakers releasing their annual vintages and new varietals. Spring wines often celebrate the delicious fruits that we associate with the warm season. Whether you like a bit of bubbly, a little bit of white, or some rich reds, we think we have something for everyone!


White Wines


Sauvignon Blanc

This dry white wine with red fruits, nettle, and gooseberry has a crisp and refreshing flavor. Often originating from Australia, this region has intense citrus, herby, grassy, tropical fruit, and gooseberry flavors. These notes pair well with green vegetables and even better with dishes that include sauces with citrus notes. The wine is a delicious coupling with brussel sprouts, asparagus, cucumbers, and broccoli, among other green vegetables.

Pinot Gris

With notes of nectarines, stone fruits, honey, and hay, this wine is often high in sugar content and low in acidity. It has quite complex flavors and is made stored in oak barrels, developing into a richly textured wine flavor. This wine pairs well with most proteins cooked in a wide variety of styles, as well as earthy, and rustic vegetables, and bright-red to black fruits like cherry, cranberry, or plum.

Albarino

This white wine is often grown in Galicia and Northwest Portugal. This wine has a distinct botanical aroma coupled with notes of apricot, melon, mango, pineapple, honeysuckle, and white peach. It's like summer in a bottle with a subtle minerality, that can be interpreted as a little salty. This wine pairs well with white fish, meats, and leafy green herbs. We recommend it with lighter meats, fish, seafood, ceviche, seafood risotto, grilled and fried fish tacos, oysters, mussels, and clams.

Chablis

This unoaked chardonnay is stored in stainless steel tanks instead of a cask. This unique winemaking method develops a light-bodied and dry wine with lean citrus flavors and aromas. This wine doesn't have the characteristically buttery and oaky flavors of typically chardonnays instead, it has a brighter and fresher flavor profile. This wine pairs best with bright and clean flavored dishes, such as oysters, goat cheese, cauliflower soup, smoked trout, pork tenderloin, grouper, and sushi.


Rose Wines


Grenache Rose

This wine has more of a peach tint instead of a rose. The notes are primarily orange, hibiscus, strawberry, and, at times, a hint of allspice. This wine pairs well with aromatic spices, tomatoes, red peppers, and eggplant. These flavors are often found in Morrocan, Middle Eastern, and Indian cuisine.

Sangiovese Rose

This rose has a vibrant watermelon pink in color with red fruit aromas of cherry, raspberry, strawberries, and cream. The wine contains bright and luscious notes with pomegranate and cranberry flavors with a refreshing citrus finish. The bold flavors in this wine pair well with rich Chinese food dishes, Thai Curries, and Italian favorites such as Caprese salad and prosciutto.

Tempranillo Rose

This wine has a characteristic peach color and has aromas of pink grapefruit and lime with flavors of stone fruit and white nectarine. These fresh and fruity notes pair perfectly with beet salads, shellfish, and spicy chicken wings.

Syrah Rose

This unique rose has an interesting nose of fresh raspberries, white cherries, bruised apples, and hibiscus with subtle notes of watermelon rind and citrus. The most noticeable notes are red berries, pomegranate, and lemon zest leading to a long, tart finish and an aftertaste of tea leaves. This incredibly complex wine pairs perfectly with rich and savory meats, like barbecue and duck. The fruitiness also enhances some hard cheeses like gouda. This sounds like the perfect spring combination!

Cabernet Rose

Known for its deep ruby hue, this wine resembles flavors of red wine with notes of cherry, pepper spice, black currant, and green bell pepper. Since it isn't aged in oak, cabernet rose has heightened acidity. Since this rose has many similar notes to cabernet, it pairs best with red meats, burgers, mushrooms, cheeses, and other savory foods.


Sparkling Wines


Springtime sparkling wines are all about zesty, fresh, and citrusy notes. The clean, fresh, and acidic taste of sparkling wines will brighten and uplift a variety of summer foods from sweet fruits to smokey barbecued meats. These wines span such a wide range of flavors to suit your needs. Whether you're celebrating a special occasion or just want to enjoy a nice spring day, sparkling wine is always a good choice!


Red Wines


Pinot Noir

This wine is known for its delicate structure and soft tannins. The wine spans a wide range of aromas and flavors depending on the region it is made. You will often find notes of plum, strawberry, cherry, worn leather, tea-leaf, and damp earth. The light flavor pairs well with contrasting bold flavors like mushrooms, bacon, onions, and garlic.

Merlot

This wine has a gentle and overall softness in flavors, which makes it an easy one to drink. Most commonly, Merlots have dark fruit flavors of black cherry, blackberry, plum, and raspberry layered with herbal notes and undertones of vanilla and mocha. The rich fruit flavors pair well with even bolder flavored foods! Roasted or grilled beef, blue cheese, cheddar, gorgonzola, berries, garlic, lamb, and mushrooms are just some of the many bold flavors that balance well with merlot.

Malbec

Originally a French variety of wine, now most Malbecs come from Argentina. This easy-to-drink red wine has a deep purple hue. This dry, full-bodied red wine contains juicy and jammy notes of vanilla, tobacco, dark chocolate, and oak. With medium acidity and moderate levels of tannins, this wine pairs beautifully with steak, pork, and lamb, as well as fattier fish like salmon and poultry with dark meat. These savory meats balance so well with the dry finish of this wine and the bold fruit flavors.

Grenache

Primarily originating from France, Australia, Spain, Italy, and the U.S., this wine has distinct notes of raspberry, black cherry, and strawberry with aromas of star anise, cinnamon, and black pepper, particularly if it's aged in oak. This spiced wine pairs wonderfully with grilled, stewed, and braised meats like beef, veal, pork, chicken, and of course game.


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Spring Beverage Experts

Spring through winter, our team of beverage experts can help you select the perfect storage for your wines and beverages. Our team has been working with industry leaders in the barrage industry for over two decades. With our years of experience, we have built dream bar setups in professional and personal settings. Contact our team at 800-710-9939.