Top Ten Spring Wine Arrivals

We have already added almost a thousand new wines to our shelves so far this year. The Tasting Panel took that as a challenge, gathered a large slice of that vinous pie and went to work. After rigorous tasting we came up with a list of our top ten favorites. These wines are perfect for spring drinking, no matter the occasion and certainly deserve a spot on your Easter table. Cheers to spring!

Chateau La Freynelle Blance 2023

A sauvignon blanc and semillon blend from Bordeaux with complexity beyond its modest price, featuring delicious citrus, tropical and herbal notes. Pleasing to the casual drinker and connoisseur alike. Pair with asparagus, minted spring peas, oysters...

Torres Celeste Verdejo 2022

Lemons, limes and herbs balance a creamy texture and crunchy stone fruits. Sizzling acidity will spark off salty country ham. Perfect for a sauvignon blanc lover who wants to try something new!

Alexander Valley Vineyards Gewurtzraminer 2023

Floral, sweet peach, and pineapple notes are deftly balanced by fresh acidity, making this a glazed Easter ham’s best friend. An incredibly approachable gewurztraminer that has a touch of sweetness. Highly drinkable for all. So fun!

Round Pond Sauvignon Blanc 2023

Grilled peaches, mango, and an array of tropical fruits swirl around a steely core of acid. The finish goes on for days. This will pair beautifully with a wide variety of gratinéed vegetables and seafoods. If you are adventurous and your lamb recipe leans into lemon and herbs, this has the stuffing to make an unconventional pairing alternative to red wine. Classic Rutherford sauvignon blanc.

Surrau Naracu Cannonau di Sardegna 2022

Grenache, aka cannonau, from Italy’s blue zone, Sardinia. Fruity sour cherry, pomegranate and violet are refreshingly delicious, whether climbing hills in a blue zone or hanging with friends. A lighter spring red for ham, rich scalloped potatoes or Sardinian classics like zuppa gallurese and porcheddu.

Raul Perez Ultreia St. Jacques 2021

Earthy, spicy, silky, raspberry and plum fruit add up to one sophisticated mencia from northwest Spain. A must try for pinot noir lovers! Perfect with rosemary seasoned rack of lamb.

Girolamo Russo a Rina Etna Rosso 2021

One taster commented- “You’d be crazy not to buy this! Shockingly good for the price! It’s a staple in my house.” Red fruited with slightly elevated but fine tannic structure, making it an excellent choice for the table. There is plenty of complexity too. Herbal, savory and smoky nuances weave through the fruit thanks to Etna’s volcanic soil. Pair with smoky, herb rubbed, spit-roasted lamb. An amazing value and the unanimous Panel favorite.

Seghesio Zinfandel Old Vine 2022

Bold, brash, brambly and plush but balanced, never going over the top as some ultraripe zinfandels do. It’s positively loaded with lush, ripe, red, blue and black fruits. This pleasingly spicy zin should be on every grill master's table this spring and summer. 

Domaine Carneros Brut 2020

Seriously complex fizz from Taittinger’s California operation Domaine Carneros. Brioche, blanched almond, baked apple and strawberry ride a very fine bead while a streak of fresh citrus and ginger enliven the palate. Made for Easter brunch!

Esprit Gassier Rosé Cotes de Provence 2023

The 2023 rosés are rolling in and this fresh, dry and fruity little number is in the vanguard. The aromas leap from the glass- white peaches, white flowers and red berries entice, compelling a sip. The fruit salad aromas are echoed on the palate, accentuated by a fresh cut that makes this both a quenching sipper and a virtual Swiss Army knife at the table. Essential with spring salads, white fish, ham, poultry, sunny spring afternoons on the patio...