As the seasons move along, our choice of wines change much like the weather. Just as the season’s change, so does our taste for different styles and varietals of wine.
Many people tell me they don’t know why, but when the weather gets colder, red wines are more appealing to them and white wines are their preferential drink during the warmer summer months. This variation in wine preference is very normal when colder temperatures drive many of us indoors; hence a heavier wine is usually preferred.
Many people tend to switch to red wines such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Tempranillo when temperatures begin to dip.
The fall and winter months also bring about a change in our eating habits. Think about the way we change our food shopping habits when the weather changes. When some items are not “in season” and are unavailable until spring or summer, we adjust with a different menu.
Well, winter is trying to hang on but it’s only a matter of time before Old Man Winter losses his grip and warm weather treats us to some outdoor activities and meals.
Many wine drinkers will find they are drawn to more acidic wines as the weather warms up, which will also compliment many of the foods we will soon be enjoying. A nice Pinot Grigio or a crisp Sauvignon Blanc will pair nicely with that salad on the patio and feel very refreshing.
This is also a great time to enjoy some of the white blends, such as Semillon and Chenin Blanc or a rich Viognier/Marsanne blend white wine. Maybe a lighter style red is what will be calling to us this spring season. Pinot Noir is always a good choice and will pair with most foods and snacks. You can try a Pinot Noir from areas such as the Willamette Valley in Oregon, Santa Barbara in California or a Bourgogne from France.
Another wine great for spring is Manastrell from Spain. Light notes of fruits and nuts will be a pleasant surprise while enjoying this red wine with a meal of rice and fish or an appetizer of goat cheese.
No matter what the weather, it is always a great idea to try new wines with your foods and snacks. Most of the wines are excellent year round; however, our taste palates are always in tune with the seasons—nothing says welcome to summer better than a beautiful Rose from the Languedoc region of France or a crisp Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand. There is even a Cabernet Sauvignon Rose from Michael Mondavi’s Folio Winemaker’s Studio in Napa Valley that is great on the rocks. Now that is a poolside wine!
Now that your taste buds are ready for summer, let’s see if we can get Mother Nature to cooperate!
Local Wine Events
- Please check out the various tasting events that are scheduled in your area at http://www.localwineevents.com/.
- WineStyles in Bolingbrook will continue the “March to the Final Vine” tasting series Thursday from 6-8 p.m. with the “Bold & Beautiful” wine bracket, and Saturday from 2-4 p.m. with “Fruit, Spice & Everything Nice” wine bracket. These tastings are Complimentary and everyone is welcome!
- There is also a Craft Beer Tasting scheduled on Friday from 6-8 p.m. at WineStyles in Bolingbrook.