As the weather warms up, you may want to start considering how you’ll use your outdoor space during the spring and summer months. If you have a deck, no doubt you’ll want to have friends over for wine, snacks and good conversation, so place these crowd-pleasers on ice.
Drinking wine outside is a popular warm-weather pastime. There’s nothing like sitting outside in the spring weather, sipping on crisp, aromatic wines, and savouring a few small bites of charcuterie or antipasti. There are a few specific varietals and blends that are particularly great for al fresco sipping. Add these vinos to your wine collection and enjoy them on your deck this spring.
Rosé wines are sometimes brushed aside by wine drinkers because of their blush hue, but well-versed oenophiles know that rosés can be some of the most flavourful and complex wines around.
Rosé from the Provence region of France are simply delightful for evenings on the patio. Provence rosé are usually made from Cinsault, Grenache, Mourvedre and Syrah grapes, and often boast delicate flavours such as strawberry and rose petal. Their crisp dryness makes them a perfect warm-weather treat.
Txakoli (pronounced like ‘chacoli’) is a white wine made from grapes grown in the Basque region of Spain. It has only come into the global wine consciousness in recent years, and is a must-try if you are seeking a crisp and refreshing deck wine (or even if you’re not, for that matter). This unique and flavourful wine is perfect for a warm spring day.
Txakoli is acidic, dry and high in minerality, and works well with seafoods and cured meats. On the tongue, its flavours are often reminiscent of citrus, melon and sea salt.
This crowd-pleaser is sometimes looked down upon by wine connoisseurs, but it may be time to put this reputation to rest. There are many lovely Moscato wines to be discovered, and this refreshing, sweet vino certainly covers your bases if you plan on entertaining – even non-wine drinkers love it.
Moscato d’Asti is a slightly fizzy wine made from the Muscat grape. There are other types of Muscat wines as well, but d’Asti is arguably the most popular. Moscato has a very characteristic scent, which often includes notes of florals, mint and citrus. In terms of taste, these wines often contain hints of apricot, peach, orange, lemon and nectarine.
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