The groundhog has spoken and tomorrow marks the official first day of spring. With Easter and Mother’s Day right around the corner, there are ample opportunities for feasting so we sat down with Sommelier Patrick Sauliere to hear his picks for what wines you should be drinking alongside your spring meals.
Many spring drinkers often tend to favor sparkling wines or light, simple wines used for making spritzers, yet for those looking for something a bit more substantial, Patrick’s selections are sure to please!
Born in South West, France, Patrick has worked throughout Europe as a sommelier, most notably for the British Government on 10 Downing Street, pouring wine for both Tony Blair and Her Majesty the Queen. Despite his French origins, however, he seems, like me, to favor Californian wines this spring!
Picayune, Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley, CA
Sauvignon Blanc has long been a staple for spring wines and the soft herbal undertones of this wine will pair wonderfully with the numerous spring vegetables that are in season.
Zaca Mesa, Roussanne, Santa Ynez, CA
Utilizing only sustainable grapes, this estate grown and bottled Roussanne is the perfect choice for spring for its rich aromas of apricot, fig, honey and spice that parallel the season’s flavors.
Cloudy Bay, Sauvignon Blanc, New Zealand
Pure, crisp and fresh, this Sauvignon Blanc has a great balance of fruit, minerality and acidity that makes this wine the perfect easy drinking wine for a breezy spring day.
Siduri, Pinot Noir, Clos Pepe Vineyard, Sta Rita Hills, CA
Sourced from one of the premier vineyards of Santa Barbara, Clos Pepe Vineyard consistently makes elegant and expressive Pinot Noirs entirely representative of both vintage and site. A juicy and fruit forward Pinot with great floral notes and a spicy, somewhat minty finish, the wine literally “springs” from the glass,
Sojourn, Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast, CA
Sojourn Cellars continues to produce remarkable wines via their hands-off, natural winemaking style, showcasing the character and personality of the individual vineyards. Dark cherry and boysenberry aromas alongside hints of baking spice, chocolate, and thyme. Delicate enough for spring, but with enough power to stand up to an Easter dinner rack of lamb.
Westerly, Fletcher’s Red Bordeaux Blend, Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara, CA
Westerly’s flagship blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pett Verdot and Cabernet Franc is a silky smooth red with luscious tannins and a firm acidity. Rich and fruity, yet not heavy on the palate, this blend is the perfect wine to help make the transition from winter to spring a bit easier.
Want to hear more suggestions from Patrick? Try attending one of his wine tasting classes hosted by his company Tasting Pro. Held throughout Los Angeles, the classes are fun and informative and often include a chance to learn great yet unusual pairings. His next two events will be held at South Bay School of Cooking and include a Scandinavian Wine Pairing as well as a Wine and Pizza night.