2022 Spring Pairing Guide
April 21, 2022
With good times come good wines, but there is something added when the evenings start to warm up and the breeze that hits your face smells of herbs, grass, flowers, and the neighbors making use of their grill. Around this time food starts to look brighter and more colorful, partially because all the windows are open letting the gentle sunlight in, but also because the seasonal food items are red and pink and green, oh my!! Luckily, we've got wines as bright as sunlight and rosés of every color to match a Spring-long feast.
Our Perfect Pairings
We are kicking off this season with the 2021 Sparkling Pinot Meunier! This edgy wine is so refreshing, yet deeply pink, almost to the point of being red. It is earthy and impactful, yet made into a fruity refreshing wine, WHICH MEANS this is your top choice Spring wine for a slab of meat! We recommend a 2" Pork Chop grilled outside, and please don't wait for the chop to be done before you pop that bottle cap and let the wine flow.
On the more elegant side is the 2021 Counoise Rosé from Crookhouse Vineyard in the Texas High Plains. We like this almost tea-like wine with colorful root vegetables and a vinegar component, plus a touch of Dijon mustard because this wine can handle powerful flavors by bringing a power-house palate of its own. SO, try our Asparagus Salad Recipe, complete with a sunny-side up egg full of protein and good vibes!
Back to that grill we were speaking about, 2021 Mary Ruth is my FAVORITE pairing to chicken kabobs, even over a red wine! The grapes in the blend like Blanc du Bois and Sauvignon Blanc have subtle grassy/vegetable tones that do wonderful things with onion and bell pepper. My secret swap to really nail this pairing is to switch out green bell pepper for lemongrass, add a jalapeño, and to marinate your chicken in white vinegar and a touch of Mary Ruth for part of the day.
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Need your iron fix from a good 'ole classic barbecue? The deep pink blend of Cinsault, Carignane, Counoise, and Sangiovese is versatile because each grape brings a little something to the party - warm spice tones, vegetal tones, black pepper tones, or herbaceous. Everything you want alongside brisket, grilled asparagus, kickin' barbecue sauce, and sides like potato salad and coleslaw. Stock up on the 2021 Rosé, Texas High Plains and make this your best friend every weekend this Spring and into Summer.
Lost Draw Cellars flagship white wine is a different beast - fruity, floral, and ever-so-slightly off-dry. The 2021 Gemütlichkeit makes spicy taste ABSOLUTELY delicious, so we recommend our recipe for Curried Mussels because a simple seafood dish just wouldn't be daring enough for this vibrant wine. Go big or go home, right?!
If the name of the grape Picpoul translates loosely to "a kiss or squeeze of lemon", then seafood enters once the cap comes off of our 2021 Picpoul Blanc! Although the wine is so satisfying on its own, this mouth-puckering wine deserves something decadent. Poach a whole lobster, get a slab of quality butter, and serve it hot, or chilled over a watercress salad with avocado, ripe tomato, and chives. You deserve this, so take this one outside on the porch at sunset and enjoy this right.
Finally, there is no better wine to have out on the water, camping, or swinging in a hammock than SWAY Rosé. Canned wine goes everywhere your ice chest does, so pack your mom's recipe for chicken or tuna salad and call it a day. This pairing gets serious when you toast up some hot dog buns to carry your chicken/tuna salad while your other hand is full of canned Texas wine.