Refreshing wines for springtime drinking

18/03/2019 by Rachel England & Lukasz Kolodziejczyk
Tagged: Vinho Verde Grüner Veltliner Albariño Prosecco Gamay Poulsard Nerello Mascalese Bonarda

Refreshing wines for springtime drinking

 

As the last dregs of winter slowly subside, the sunnier mornings, clear skies and warming temperature brings the creeping optimism of spring, and the sense of promising new beginnings in step with the changing season. So it’s time to retire those rugged reds and dense whites to the cellar for now, and introduce some fresher flavours to your everyday wine rotation.

Here’s some springtime inspiration, along with top recommendations from our resident Sommelier, Cult Wines' Head of Fine Wines Lukasz Kolodziejczyk.

 

White Wines

 

Vinho Verde

Literally translated to ‘green wine’, this low-alcohol wine from northern Portugal is meant to be drunk young. It’s bottled early, so a small amount of fermentation continues in-bottle, giving it a slight but refreshing fizz that makes it a perfect option for a leisurely afternoon on a patio.

Cult Wines Sommelier Recommendation:
Vinho Verde, Azevedo, 100% Loureiro
@ ~£6.00 per bottle

 

Grüner Veltliner 

While many Austrian wines have come to be associated with the colder months, Grüner Veltliner boasts a zesty, lime-like fruit character and a crunchy acidity that makes it a great accompaniment to light springtime vegetable dishes.

Cult Wines Sommelier Recommendation:
Loimer, Grüner Veltliner, Kamptal, Austria
@ ~£9.00 per bottle

 

Albariño

Little known just 20 years ago, Albariño has quickly become a firm favourite with inhabitants of its Spanish homeland. Hailing from Galicia in the North West of the country, this celebrated white is medium-bodied, with aromas of white peaches and a brisk freshness, making it an ideal companion to seafood and light fish dishes.

Cult Wines Sommelier Recommendation:
2017 Martin Codax Albarino, Rias Baixas, Spain
@ ~£12.00 per bottle

 

Prosecco

A tried-and-true springtime favourite, Italy’s Prosecco is softer and more rounded than Champagne – and arguably more versatile, which is a key springtime requirement. Enjoy it as an aperitif on a pleasant afternoon, with fruity desserts after dinner, or as a punchy ingredient in a zesty cocktail.

Cult Wines Sommelier Recommendation:
Mionetto Prosecco Valdobbiadene Superiore DOCG, Veneto, Italy
@ £13.50 per bottle

 

Red Wines

 

Gamay

Refreshing and full of juicy fruit, Gamay hails from 10 crus in Beaujolais, boasting an aging potential not commonly found in lighter reds. An excellent choice for a springtime picnic, Gamay pairs well with meats, cheeses and spreads, as well as roasted veggies.

Cult Wines Sommelier Recommendation:
2016 Touraine Gamay, Domaine Joël Delaunay
@ ~£12.00 per bottle

 

Poulsard

Poulsard – sometimes spelled Ploussard – is a lesser-known but highly-drinkable red from France’s Jura region. Historically used in blends, its light body and pale colour makes it a fine springtime red, and it pairs well with almost everything.

Cult Wines Sommelier Recommendation:
2015 `Poulsard de l`Ami Karl` Arbois, Domaine de La Pinte
@ ~£23.00 per bottle

 

Nerello Mascalese

This versatile Italian red is Sicily’s answer to Pinot Noir. Grown in the cool-climate, high-altitude region of Mount Etna, Nerello Mascalese boasts a light-to-medium body, tart red flavours and a distinct volcanic minerality that’s as refreshing as springtime is welcome after the dark, cold months.

Cult Wines Sommelier Recommendation:
2017 Azienda Agricola Cortese 'Nostru' Nerello Mascalese Terre Siciliane IGT, Sicily, Italy
@ ~£13.00* per bottle

 

Bonarda

The Argentinean grape that no-one’s ever heard of, Bonarda (or its French name, ‘Douce Noir’) certainly lives in the shadow of Malbec but is actually one of the most-planted grapes in the country. It can taste similar to Malbec but it’s lighter and snappier, with low tannin and bright acidity. Great for the first cautious barbecue of the year.

Cult Wines Sommelier Recommendation:
2017 Trapiche 'Estacion 1883' Bonarda, Mendoza, Argentina
@ ~£13.50* per bottle

 

If you would be interested in purchasing any of the above wines or require any further information on prices or availability - Please contact Lukasz Kolodziejczyk using his contact details below.

* This price is based on an in-bond price - Duty and Tax would be added for delivery.

 

Lukasz Kolodziejczyk
Lukasz Kolodziejczyk
Head of Fine Wine
Direct Phone: +44 (0) 207 1000 953

Lukasz joined Cult Wines following a career spanning more than a decade in the hospitality industry. Whilst studying wine in Poland, Lukasz took the decision to pursue his career in one of the world's best restaurants, The Fat Duck in Bray, England. Following 7 successful years at The Fat Duck, where Lukasz honed his skills as a sommelier he joined Michelin starred restaurant Pollen Street Social as Head Sommelier, where he oversaw a wine list of 800 bins and a team of 7 sommeliers. This gave Lukasz the opportunity to cement his reputation as one of the finest sommeliers in the UK, his success in national competition coupled with earning his Court of Master Sommeliers Advanced certificate is testament to this. Lukasz’s role will see him oversee a number of key activities, including working closely with producers, arranging tastings, events, dinners and hosting masterclass events. He will also be using his contacts and knowledge base to further develop our on-trade sales, sourcing unique parcels of wines to develop and expand our retail sales offering. Lukasz will also be on hand to provide expert consultancy services to our growing worldwide client base. He will work with customers to help advise and build home wine cellars, evaluate and appraise existing collections. During his time in the restaurant industry, Lukasz has had the opportunity to taste an enviable back catalogue of the world’s greatest wines and will be sharing his personal tasting notes, reviews and recommendations on our blog throughout the course of the year.

Tagged: Vinho Verde Grüner Veltliner Albariño Prosecco Gamay Poulsard Nerello Mascalese Bonarda