The arrival of spring means the release of new wines, the anticipation of warm evenings on the patio sipping rosé, and preparation for grilling season.
At EFESTĒ, our Wine Club spring release selections include the latest vintages of the Syrahs, Riesling, and the highly anticipated Estate Rosé. Here are some fun suggestions for pairing the wines with the food and holidays of spring.
Jolie Bouche Syrah (Boushey Vineyards, Yakima Valley)
Each sip of this vibrant red wine conjures up images of the Mediterranean in the form of cured meat, roasted olives, and crushed herbs. A successful pairing is as simple as matching the wine with food that mirrors those flavors. Plan your next dinner party around this easy yet impressive one dish meal.
The pairing: Tarragon Chicken
Eléni Syrah (Red Willow Vineyard, Yakima Valley AVA)
This concentrated red wine offers an intense freshly ground espresso bean note that adds massive appeal. On the palate, the wine is full and complete, possessing soft, yet present tannins backed by trademark minerality. An opulent wine like Eléni is perfect for holiday celebrations such as Easter and Mother’s Day so turn to an equally impressive dish that can feed a crowd such as this one from the American Lamb Board.
The pairing: Celebration Leg of Lamb
Oldfield Estate Rosé (EFESTĒ Estate, Yakima Valley)
Nothing signals spring quite like rosé with a beautiful rose gold color. The palate is textured and rich with a persistent vein of acidity adding brightness and bringing life to the flavors of ripe peach, grapefruit, orange oil, and herbs. This wine pairs well with family get-togethers and this amazing recipe from celebrated chef, cookbook author, and TV personality Joanne Weir.
The pairing: Arroz con Pollo
Sauvage Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon (Boushey Vineyard, Yakima Valley AVA)
Round, bright, and balanced this is not a wine to serve cold, as it can definitely hide its charm! Pair this white wine with those wonderful green vegetables that appear this time of year, and it becomes less shy. This recipe from the blog What’s Gaby Cooking is what we want on our table!
The pairing: Spring Pea Risotto
Evergreen Riesling (Evergreen Vineyard, Ancient Lakes of the Columbia Valley AVA)
This crowd pleasing white wine is classically framed and offers a drier style. Riesling is food friendly and can stand up to salty and smoky dishes making it the ideal match for this recipe from Shaun Myrick.
The pairing: Zucchini Roll Antipasti
What will be on your table?