It was an absolute pleasure enjoying the various varietals of Bordeaux with you throughout last month. As the weather warms up, we change gears to something a little bit lighter, and a little more relaxed. On we go to a warm and welcome springtime.
Now, I love to geek out and give the details on each month’s wines, but a wine doesn’t have to be fancy or expensive to be delicious and perfect for the occasion. As the weather warms up (especially in Texas), my inclinations turn toward the outdoors. It’s time to be outside, enjoying the sunshine and greenery, before the Texas mosquitoes move in for summer. So many times wine is treated as a serious, inside-only beverage. The fact is, people have been enjoying wine in warm climates since before the year 0! Juicy light-bodied reds, crisp whites, and refreshing rose are made all over the world, and have been for a very long time.
I grew up in Arizona, in a (mostly) Italian home. Mom’s favorite wine was tall glass of chardonnay with an ice cube or two. Now, she loved the good stuff, and appreciated it on special occasions, but her go-to was a crisp, cold glass of white on the patio. It was practically necessary during the long, hot Arizona summers! I don’t think she’s alone in appreciating that wine for exactly what it was: casual, relaxed, and refreshing. This month was inspired by Mom’s warm weather wisdom.
Spring is the time for garden parties and grilling out. When the weather is warm and new, it’s our instinct to get folks together at the pool or at the park. Of course, we ought to find wines to match. This month, each week’s tasting with be built around a favorite springtime activity. We will be grilling, poolside sipping, picnicking, and garden partying. Come out and join us this April. There’s room on the patio, and delicious fare to pair with each wine. April’s tastings ought to be enjoyed freely with friends and family. No need to be too fancy. Good wine is just good!