We’re feeling it: the flowers in the air, the hop in our step, the sparkle in our wine glasses. April showers ushering in May flowers—and rosés and whites and light reds—has never been so welcome. Whether you’re ready to dive into spring cleaning or pack a picnic lunch, springtime activities are best when accompanied with a glass of wine. Read on to see what inspired us this month.
Girl Scout Cookies with booze?: The best wines to pair with Thin Mints, Samoas, Trefoils and more: If you haven’t finished your stash of Girl Scout cookies yet, a) lucky you and b) enjoy the last sleeve with a great wine pairing. Gina Birch recommends wines to pair with all, from buttery classics like Trefoils to seemingly hard-to-pair Thin Mints.
Champagne – James Bond’s royal flush: Pure fun to read through this piece. Jancis Robinson read all 14 James Bond books and traced his relationship to intoxicants from the 1950s to today, changing with the times. Two things that didn’t change? His love of vodka martinis and Champagne.
Wine tasting in Napa and Sonoma will never be the same. Here’s why that’s a good thing: Wineries and winemakers suffered many losses over 2020, but a few good things arose from the difficulties. Rosemary McClure highlights mixing wine tasting with horseback riding, hiking, cycling, and more…enough to get you excited for a Cali wine country jaunt.
A Starter Kit for Aspiring Wine Lovers: If anyone can give you an easy guide for beginning your wine journey, it’s Eric Asimov. His recommendations show you equipment you’ll need, what to avoid, and how to learn more about wine styles.
New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc: The Best Buy at Wine Stores Now: (paywall) Lettie Teague notes that 2020 in New Zealand was a resounding success: not only was NZ almost covid-free, but the 2020 vintage was fantastic. Here are wineries and wines to keep in mind.
2016 Brunello di Montalcino: Don’t Miss Them: Meanwhile, Michael Apstein reminds us that the 2016 vintage of Italy’s heavy-hitter Brunello is just being released, and he thinks it’s the “best since 2010.” Grab a bottle now!
4 Best Reasons For Rosé Right Now: We rarely need an excuse to drink rosé, but Cathy Huyghe has lined up four very good—and insightful—reasons why it’s the perfect drink of the spring season this year.
So Fresh and So Clean: Sauvignon Blanc Shines in the Spring: Alison Bailin Batz suggests several top-notch bottles of Sauvignon Blanc that would be the perfect reward after a good bout of spring cleaning.