A guide to great spring wines
By Carla Snuggs
Happy Spring! You know what that means: It’s time for new wines! Whether you’re hosting a brunch, a bridal shower, having a picnic or just enjoying a meal, a special bottle of wine adds a special touch. I’m sharing some of my recent favorite wine and spirits across all price points that you can enjoy all spring!
Archer Roose wine
Archer Roose is a dangerous elixir revolutionizing canned wines. Archer Roose wine varietals come from vineyards around the globe, with a varied portfolio that includes: Provence Rosé, Chilean Sauvignon Blanc, Unoaked Chardonnay from the French Riviera, Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon, and now Bubbly from Italy. Easily mix and match varieties to meet everyone’s tastes.
They make a cool hostess gift, an easy hack for spring backyard brunches (no need to bring out the crystal glasses!), or that romantic picnic, Archer Roose has you covered The wine is sold across 17+ states (including some top Manhattan and Brooklyn restaurants and bars). Forget what you think you know about canned wines and give Archer Roose a try!
Firstleaf Wine Club
The Firstleaf Wine Club offers exceptional wine at an incredible value, and is the only club that tailors each box specifically to the member's palate profile. Their top flight winemaking team, led by a Master of Wine, travels the world to source hidden gems and classic wines for Firstleaf. The wine selections are based on careful analysis of member's tasting profiles as well as on their seasoned winemaker's instincts. They have also created a patented algorithm that uses every piece of feedback from a member to match them with wines they will love. With Firstleaf, you can choose when, where, and how you get wine. If you don’t love a wine, let them know and they will refund you. Firstleaf subscribers have exclusive access to their entire portfolio of wines for the member price of $15 per bottle, shipping included. You can see my Firstleaf Wine Club unboxing here.
Contour Pinot Noir
Contour is a 100% Pinot Noir crafted from fruit selected from appellations throughout California, providing tremendous depth, balance and quality. Perfect for spring nights by the bonfire. It pairs well with rack of lamb, steak, mushroom risotto and more.
Cartograph Wines is an intimate haven in the heart of Healdsburg for lovers of small lot, block-by-block winemaking. The cartograph on their labels is a visual depiction of the journey that brought them to winemaking and the ideas that have propelled that journey. You can see the five points here. Cartograph's Brut Zero offers a fun bit of sparkle with no added sugars, making it a lighter, drier option for those looking for less sugar this spring. They also have their new Brut Rosé which is gorgeous. The base is the same as the Brut Zero but with a small amount of Pinot Noir added to give it just a touch of pink and a slight dosage at disgorging, for the perfect sparkling wine with a softer mouth feel and surprisingly different aromatics than its sibling. The tiny, but plentiful, bubbles in this wine carry lightly floral aromas of violets and rose petal as well as a hint of strawberries and cream.
French wine label, Liberation De Paris has a fantastic wine selections for spring.
Liberation de Paris Sparkling Chardonnay is a sparkling Chardonnay that exudes captivating aromas of white-fleshy peach and with a palate of dried fruit and a touch of acacia honey, all while boasting a beautiful pale gold color and a trail of fine, long lasting bubbles.
Liberation de Paris Rosé is skillfully blended to highlight romantic aromas of strawberries and rose petals, perfect for setting the mood for any winter occasion. The palate offers elegant notes of red berries and a long, dry finish.
Liberation De Paris Cabernet Sauvignon is bold and graceful. This complex Bordeaux wine from Liberation De Paris shows powerful flavors of ripe cherries and plum.
Based in San Francisco, USUAL wines is on a mission to make it easy for you to have a great glass of wine without having to open a whole bottle. Their goal is to elevate the everyday moments one glass at a time. Each bottle is 6.3 oz of California wine made in Sonoma and Santa Barbara. Usual makes it easy to consumer high-quality wine, by bringing you high-quality wines, by the glass, straight to your door. You can order red, rose, or a mix of both! I’m thinking they’re perfect for spring picnics, brunches and bbqs!
What are your favorite wines for spring? Leave me a comment and let me know!
Disclaimer: Press samples were provided by some brand/sPR for editorial consideration, product testing, photography and honest review.