A Few Different Wine Pairings for Spring Produce

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There’s nothing better than seeing the sun peak out after a long winter—except maybe the spring foods that you’ve been missing: fresh greens, fresh berries, and so much more. Say goodbye to roasts and potatoes and hello to salads and light meals!

A new season of fresh foods means it’s time to rethink our wine pairings. Those deep reds might not be the best pick for leafy greens or citrusy dishes. Below, you’ll find some guidelines on wine pairing for spring produce. Check it out!

A quick tip: Generally, the lighter the color of your spring fruit or veg, the lighter your wine’s color should be.

Pairing With Sauvignon Blanc

All those leafy greens of spring want to pair with a refreshing bottle of Sauvignon Blanc. It’s probably the simplest spring pairing; you just want to make sure that you’re choosing a cool-weather Sauvignon Blanc—one that’s drier and makes your mouth tingle.

Top Foods To Pair With:

  • Salmon (cooked with herbs and citrus)
  • Steamed or boiled asparagus
  • Arugula, spinach, or baby lettuces
  • Limes

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Pairing With Pinot Noir (or Pinot Noir Rosé)

If you don’t want to part with your winter reds, you can make the step toward spring wines with a lighter Pinot Noir. It will pair well with most of the meats you introduce in the spring, but it also goes well with some of the fruits and veg that are still making the transition. Mushrooms, turnips, beets, and onion are all great ones to pair.

Maybe you want to go the Pinot Noir Rosé route. If that’s the case, you open up your pairing spectrum quite a bit:

  • Fresh fruits: kiwi, oranges, apricots, and strawberries
  • Oysters
  • Caprese salad

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Pairing With Sauternes

A sweeter wine for your spring dishes, Sauternes is a late-harvest wine with tropical honeyed notes. In fact, it’s one of the best sweet wines for beginners—so it won’t overpower if you don’t end up pairing it the best way. It will work well to complement some of our typical fruity and creamy dessert choices. But that’s not all!

  • Ripe peaches and nectarines
  • French fruit tarts
  • Buttery scallops or grilled lobster
  • Sweet potatoes

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Pairing With Chardonnay

Another great choice for spring wines is the versatile Chardonnay. It’s such a flexible grape—oaked or unoaked—so you can pair it with a variety of dishes and items. From spring pasta dishes to light vegetable soups, Chardonnay’s got your back.

Spring Foods To Pair:

  • Fish and shellfish
  • Pineapple and jackfruit
  • Artichokes

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Pairing With Brut Rosé

Spring means blooming, which means that you need a sparkling Rosé to celebrate with. Another great choice for all your berry eating this spring, a chilled bottle of Brut Rosé will turn into your go-to sipper. Pick up a few bottles because they fly by quickly!

Top Foods To Pair With:

  • A spring charcuterie board
  • A BBQ menu
  • Risotto
  • Berries
  • Citrusy salads

Hopefully, this guide to wine pairings for spring produce gives you a good start for the season. Remember, none of this is set in stone—everyone’s taste buds are different, so if something on this list doesn’t wow you, then try something else. All possibilities are possible when spring has finally sprung!

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