Spring Sipping

written by Josiah Kahiu 5th December 2018

Our in-house oenologist, Josiah Kahiu, explores the ideal wines for our spring season, or at least, the closest thing we have to it.

For those who try to follow the conventional yearly seasons, it’s time to ask what to drink this spring. As a prelude to the hot festive season, I explore what wines are a good appetizer to the full-bodied reds with earthy tones and mulled wines that seem out of place for the hot African Christmas period. Weather permitting (and thankfully it has), there is something to be said about enjoying a fresh spring afternoon with a glass of light refreshing wine.

For many of us, a rosé or a crisp sauvignon blanc is the first thing that comes to mind when searching for an ideal spring wine, even though copious amounts have probably been consumed throughout the year. To get wine lovers to try something new, here are different wines that I will be drinking before the Christmas season starts.

For many of us, a rosé or a crisp sauvignon blanc is the first thing that comes to mind when searching for an ideal spring wine, even though copious amounts have probably been consumed throughout the year. To get wine lovers to try something new, here are different wines that I will be drinking before the Christmas season starts.

For those who appreciate something sparkling especially for brunch or lazy picnics, prosecco is the way to go. This easily drinkable sparkling wine from Northern Italy is softer and rounder than champagne. It pairs well with fresh fruit and can be drank in copious amounts when transformed into a mimosa.

On the red side of things, a young Pinot Noir is ideal. I stress the word young due to their bright, intense fruit forward notes such as raspberry rather than the funky earthy tones you get from the classic burgundy style Pinot. A good California style Pinot fits perfectly although be sure to check the alcohol content. For a more refreshing effect, chilling it slightly works wonders.

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To cap off this small list, one wine that epitomises this season for me is a Lambrusco. This sparkling wine is one of the most underrated in the market. When people think of Lambrusco, people often associate it with that cheap wine that sometimes tastes like soda. This may have been the case 40 years ago, but styles are changing. For an easy relaxed drink that offers fantastic value and pairing abilities, Lambrusco is an ideal choice. Try a lightly dry (secco) more acidic style, especially the Lambrusco di Sorbara. It may just turn out to be the wine that has your friends asking what that red sparkling wine is!

Check out my wine picks for this Spring that should help you get ahead of the curve and prepare for the festive season ahead. Spring is a season for discovery, so try to put that unexpected bottle in your shopping basket. It may be your great discovery for the year!

 

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