Temperatures are rising, which means outdoor patio lounging and sipping in the sun – springtime is here and so are the sunny vibes. Whether you are planning a virtual happy hour with friends or sharing wine over a light home-cooked meal, simply open one of these trios of versatile wines to add a dash of panache to your spring sipping.
A pop of food-friendly bubbles from J Vineyards & Winery is a great way to toast your friends and family virtually. The winery’s hallmark Cuvée 20 bubbly brings California flair to centuries-old Traditional Method sparkling wine techniques used to craft this flavorful sip. Bubbles spring from the glass on the delicate mousse, palate-cleansing effervescence that makes Cuvée 20 an ideal sip for even in this period of social distancing. Ideal for afternoon brunches or to add some elegance to a virtual happy hour with friends.
Feeling like jet-setting to an international taste? Try Whitehaven Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough, New Zealand. Hugging the stunning shoreline of the Marlborough coast, grapes for the zesty, citrusy Whitehaven Sauvignon Blanc bask in one of New Zealand’s sunniest spots. Beautifully balanced and refreshingly crisp, Whitehaven Sauvignon Blanc is an ideal patio sipper, especially alongside a quick spring salad, spicy satay appetizers or after grilling fresh-caught fish.
Located in California’s extraordinary central coast, Talbott Vineyards believes there is a Pinot Noir for every palate. Crafted from estate vineyards cooled by the coastal breezes and fresh air from Monterey Bay, The affable and expressive Kali Hart Pinot Noir offers generous fruit-forward notes, intriguing depth and silky-smooth texture. It’s versatile enough as an elegant, approachable red for a weekend lunch as well as offering enough brightness and complexity to pair with dinner outdoors under the stars.
These gorgeous three wines are perfect for your social distancing spring sipping.
J Vineyards & Winery Cuvée 20 (SRP $38)
Elegant and Lively, J Cuvée 20 is a classic Russian River Valley Sparkling, offering a dance of bubbles across a complex palate that expertly balances appealing fruit notes, rich nuttiness from years spent aging on the lees and a crisp, clean finish. Cuvée 20 opens with notes of baked apple, baked lemon bar, white peach and nectarine, which is given complexity with hints of crème brûlée, toasted chestnut, brioche toast, and apple pie spice. Pour a glass and sip alongside seared black cod with caramelized cauliflower and Meyer lemon. For a cheese pairing, try camembert with roasted apples and black truffle.
Whitehaven 2019 Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc (SRP $20)
A blend of Marlborough’s most expressive regions, the 2019 Whitehaven Sauvignon Blanc delivers generous, layered fruit characteristics on a crisp, beautifully balanced palate. The wine opens with classic aromas of ripe tropical fruit and orange blossom. Refreshingly crisp and vibrant through the palate, notes of passion fruit, guava, white peach and citrus blend seamlessly with hints of lemongrass and fresh-cut herbs. Whitehaven is superbly structured with a zest, mouth-watering finish.
Talbott Vineyards 2017 Kali Hart Pinot Noir (SRP $26)
Kali Hart is fruit-forward, approachable and bright. This complex Pinot Noir opens with aromas of black cherry, cola, boysenberry and hints of vanilla. On the palate intense notes of rich red and blackberries are supported by hints of oak and are accentuated by soft, silky tannins. The finish is clean and luscious with hints of minerality, herbs and French oak nuance. This wine is an elegant rendering of its cool climate origins of their estate vineyards in the Santa Lucia Highlands and truly represents the beauty of Pinot Noir.