April Showers Bring Beautiful Wines
April is a fickle month. Cool rain showers give way to hot, sunny days when we are fooled into thinking spring has passed us by and given in to an early summer. Only days later, we find ourselves pulling out the sweaters we’d tucked away, grumbling about spring’s teasing. One day we yearn for cool salads and lighter fare; the next we are back to making a warming soup or hearty stew to accompany a windy, cool spring shower. As undecided as the weather can still be in April, here are two wines to prepare you for it all – one a creamy white and the other a robust, fruit-forward red, but both promising a luxurious sensory experience to accompany a special Easter feast, a garden party or a relaxing Sunday sitting inside by a raindrop-splattered window. Thank goodness for the tulips and spring break to remind us that this brisk weather is only temporary.
2007 Charles Smith Wines Eve Chardonnay, Walla Walla Valley, Wash.
As a former rock band manager in Scandinavia, Charles Smith has ensured his wines “rock” also, and this Chardonnay is no exception. Think Granny Smith apples with a hint of lemon, softened by an edge of melon and some honey. This Chardonnay has a remarkable crisp, light and bright taste. It is not your typical Chardonnay. It is indeed luscious, with a thick, creamy mouthfeel, but with just notes of butter and almonds that accent its unusual minerality. It gets its name from the Garden of Eden. Charles Smith believed it was “sinfully tempting” – a silky, perfumy, seductive wine. Of course, it is quite at home in your own garden, too, making it the perfect white to welcome in spring.
2005 Mettler Petite Sirah , Lodi, Calif.
Looking for a change in the red wines you are drinking this spring? This award-winning Petite Sirah may be just the ticket. For those unfamiliar with this lesser-known varietal that originated in France, you will find Petite Sirah is never particularly subtle, and this organic one is indeed a burst of bold, fruit-forward lusciousness. Described as a “deep purple that almost stains the glass,” this wine brings forth its spicy, jammy blueberry and blackberry flavors with an amazing mouthfeel. A pronounced and prolonged finish brings out complex oak undertones and hints of vanilla and coffee. This is a red to brighten those drizzly days when spring can feel more like fall.