2011 Opala Vinho Verde
Available at: Whole Foods Market, multiple locations, wholefoodsmarket.com; $7.99
Pairings: Shellfish • Green salads
One would be hard-pressed to find a white more refreshingly suited to spring produce than Vinho Verde (translation: green wine). Not only low in alcohol, this white also has a slightly spritzy texture, offering an invigorating surprise on the palate. Delicate citrus, apple and pear make this tongue tingler a perfect complement to spring flavors.
2010 Luciano Sandrone Dolcetto d’Alba
Provenance: Piedmont, Italy
Available at: Saint Louis Wine Market & Tasting Room, 164 Chesterfield Commons E., Chesterfield, stlwinemarket.com; $23
Pairings: Saltimbocca • Tomato and barbecue sauces • Asiago
With a name meaning “little sweet one,” this grape intrigues long before you open the bottle. This fresh and fruity Italian red shows commanding notes of black cherry followed by shades of licorice and mint. The tannic structure is soft and the acidity is intense and focused because of stainless steel fermentation. Serve well-chilled.
2010 Vinum Cellars Chenin Blanc/Viognier
Available at: Straub’s Markets, multiple locations, straubs.com; $11.99
Pairings: Beet salad • Goat cheese • Gruyère fondue
This blend marries crisp and vivacious Chenin Blanc from Clarksburg with round and juicy Viognier from Paso Robles. The result is a tropical explosion on the nose followed by parallel flavors of pineapple, mango and guava. Touches of honeyed sweetness, floral jasmine and spicy clove give the wine’s finish a nudge of complexity.
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