Spring is a weird time of the year. We quickly plan to change seasons in the closet but then we come back home in the evening and prepare that comfort food typical of winter nights. The sun deceives us and the rain is always around the corner, so we must be ready to weather changes every day. And as for us, the same goes for our cellar.
Have you ever thought about which Italian wine to drink in spring?
Every season has its wines and certain wines just seem to taste better at certain times of the year and around specific celebrations. Spring represents to many of us a time of renewal and new beginnings. The dishes become lighter and the days get longer and milder. Therefore, appropriate spring wines will be light, refreshing and pleasant to sip while enjoying the overall newness of the season. Shopping for wine should always be fun, not a struggle! So here are 5 of some of the best Italian wines that pair perfectly with this season.
Italian wines: the shortlist
1- Sauvignon Blanc
3- Pinot Nero
Italian wine: Sauvignon Blanc
Is there anything else to add? It is the wine of herbaceous flavors, of the first spring walks in the countryside. Even though there are many varieties from France to South Africa, from Spain to New Zealand, we recommend you to go for the Italian Sauvignon from Friuli and you won’t regret it! Fresh like a field of flowers, savory and delicate on the palate, it will be the perfect match for an improvised and healthy dinner, maybe with the undisputed king of spring: asparagus! The intense taste of asparagus or similar green vegetables will pair very well with the gustatory profile of this Italian wine.
The wine that allows you to be carefree without being careless. Make sure you have a bottle of this Italian wine in the cellar and, if not, go to buy one straight away. Chardonnay from Sicily, as example, contains all the sunlight of its fantastic region in a bottle. Even though we are talking of an international grape variety which seems a very easy wine, Chardonnay can be enjoyed alone, as the protagonist of an aperitif with friends at the end of the day (maybe with a tasty tomato bruschetta), or accompany a fish-based dinner or the freshness of a vegetarian main meal.
Italian translation from French “Pinot Noir”, it is universally considered a difficult but fascinating wine. Originally from France, it grows well in many Italian regions such as Trentino Alto Adige, Lombardy, Veneto and Friuli. It is a gutsy wine, with many different facets depending on the ripeness and the terroir. One of the best qualities of Pinot Nero is represented by its aromas. Fresh and fruity but also rich and complex, it expresses a unique elegance and finesse. A must-have Italian wine to enjoy while catching the last few minutes of sunlight on your patio.
Italian wine: Lambrusco
It is a unique wine of its kind: red and sparkling. A wine deeply tied to the character of the territory in which it is born: Emilia Romagna. It is sparkling, lively and convivial, just like the people of this region. To drink young (it should not be aged), it has great character and personality. It is the Italian wine for those convivial evenings with good friends: the lively mousse, the aromatic scent and the low alcohol content make it an easy and contemporary wine. It can be combined throughout the meal, with all types of simple and light dishes of Mediterranean cuisine. Its appealing lightness and drinkability make Lambrusco succesful with all types of consumers, from conoisseur to neophyte.
It is the symbol of Italian lifestyle and one of the most famous Italian wines. This 100% made in Italy sparkling wine is among the most consumed and loved ever. Refreshing, versatile and with only moderate alcohol, it is ideal for all occasions. With good Prosecco you can indeed prepare excellent cocktails (including the very Italian Spritz), but the best way is to enjoy it alone, as long as it is served at the right temperature! Thanks to its variable level of sweetness, this Italian wine is easy to be paired with various international cuisines and throughout a meal. Its fine perlage and delicate fruity scent make it a wine that everyone likes. It is a passpartout, a must at “aperitivo time”, mixed with fresh fruits or in combination with row fish, cold cuts and fresh cheeses for a typically Italian aperitif!